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Rod Brind’Amour is the epitome of the definition of captain Brind’Amour will always be known for his leadership during the run for the cup in 2006, but to the people that know Rod and the caniac nation he will always mean so much more. Brind’Amour played for three different NHL teams during his career with his mainstay being split between the Flyers and Hurricanes.
Rod was drafted 9th overall in the 1988 by the St. Louis Blues, but would opt to play one year at Michigan State before joining the Blues at the end of the 1988-1989 season. Brind’Amour scored on his first shot in the playoff’s against the Minnesota North Stars.
In the summer of 1991 Rod was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Rod became a instant fan favorite in Philadelphia because of his insane workout regiment and on ice work ethic. Brind’Amour served as an alternate captain under Kevin Dineen and then Eric Lindros. Brind’Amour also became a fan for his ironman streak for 484 games.
In 1999 he was traded for the last time to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Keith Primeau. It turned out to be a great deal for Carolina as it would lead to a championship, a conference championship, and a trip to the conference finals. Brind’Amour has been more of an influence on the Hurricanes than Ron Francis has in my opinion. He has always been a leader by example captain. Most people who do not have that personal story to tell, always go to the excitement of Brind’Amour raising the cup in 2006 and all the work he put in to be at that point.
Everyone will always have their own special Brind’Amour,because he was a true leader and will be the Hurricane to have his jersey in the rafters.