Acquired in the trade that saw Primeau go to the Flyers in 2000. Rod Brind’Amour is without question the greatest Carolina Hurricane captain and player of all time.
Rod played the rest of his career with the Hurricanes. A career that saw three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. Two of which were with the Hurricanes. One of which resulted in one of the most iconic photos in the history of the NHL.
Rod brought tremendous leadership to the Hurricanes throughout his time as team captain. On the ice he was one of the best. Off of the ice, Rod was, and still is, an intense and great leader. Setting a great an example for the team.
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The 2009-2010 season saw Brind’Amour pass the mantle to Eric Staal. Who has previously served as alternate captain. A position which Rod filled for the remainder of that season.
Rod retired on June 30th 2010. He was one of the last players that played in the 1980’s. After his retirement he was named the director of forward development. His number 17 was retired by the Hurricanes on February 18th, 2011 during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The other team where Rod built his career.
Later in 2011 he was named the assistant coach and development coach, as well as retaining his role in management. In 2018 he was appointed head coach and well, we all know how his first season as head coach went.
The Hurricanes have had some true legends wear the captain C. With many talented young players on the team now they seem to have no shortage of future leaders at the ready. Maybe one day we could see names like Jaccob Slavin, Dougie Hamilton, or Andrei Svechnikov on lists like this.
Question for CC readers: Who is your pick for the greatest Carolina Hurricane captain?