May 8, 2018 | 11:07aM ET
HURRICANES NAME WADDELL GM, BRIND’AMOUR HEAD COACH
The Carolina Hurricanes have officially named Don Waddell the club’s President and GM, and Rod Brind’Amour as the club’s new head coach.
Waddell, 59, is in his fourth season with the Hurricanes after being named President of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment on July 1, 2014.
Brind’Amour, 47, is the 14th person to serve as head coach in franchise history, and the fifth since the team’s arrival in North Carolina in 1997.
“Rod is the greatest leader in the history of this franchise, and has earned the opportunity to take charge of our locker room,” said Waddell. “We spoke to a number of candidates for this position, but our conversations with staff and players consistently returned to the same person. Rod’s fresh ideas, ability to motivate and understanding of what it takes to bring a championship to Raleigh will help our young team take the next step toward competing to bring the Cup back to North Carolina.”
Born in Ottawa, but raised in Campbell River, B.C., Brind’Amour has served as the Hurricanes’ assistant coach for the past seven seasons, after working for the team in player development roles from 2010-2012.
He officially retired as a player on June 30, 2010, following a career of more than 20 NHL seasons. Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Brind'Amour completed his career ranked 16th in NHL history in games played (1,484), 44th in assists (732), 46th in points (1,184) and 54th in goals (452), in 21 seasons with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Carolina.