Rod “the Bod” Brind’Amour
The Canes will need to rely on the continued leadership of Rod Brind’Amour to succeed in the postseason.
The final playoff hero is actually head coach Rod Brind’Amour. Brind’Amour has already contributed numerous playoff highlights to the team as head coach but has yet to go all the way to claim the Stanley Cup as head coach.
Brind’Amour has faced numerous challenges this season, especially navigating the injuries of Dougie Hamilton, Petr Mrazek, James Reimer, and Brett Pesce. Because Pesce’s return is highly dependent on when the playoffs start, this may be a challenge that persists into the postseason.
While the line combinations have been shifted frequently throughout the season due to injury, Brind’Amour has also shown a vision to make changes to produce results on the ice.
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The most notable of these changes is the SAT line consisting of three of the Hurricanes top stars: Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teräväinen, and Andrei Svechnikov. Brind’Amour and Assistant Coach Jeff Daniels made this change during the February 7th game against the Arizona Coyotes.
As the video above displays, Brind’Amour is also quite the speaker. He has proven time and time again to motivate the team through difficult circumstances. His leadership will be key for playoff success.
The Hurricanes have a chance this postseason to capitalize on a season filled with difficulty and heartbreak. These playoff heroes are essential for the team to rise above and win the ultimate prize.
Question for CC Readers: Who is your favorite playoff hero?