After having a notable NHL career that began with the St. Louis Blues in 1989 and saw Brind’Amour become a fan favorite in Philadelphia with the Flyers, Rod retired at the scene of his greatest accomplishment: taking home the Stanley Cup. As was expected by the Hurricanes organization, Rod Brind’Amour made his final decision to retire this past Wednesday, June 30th, and has now taken an “unspecified” desk job with the team.
Among Brind’Amour’s many achievements in the NHL are being awarded the Selke Trophy for his dominating shutdown-style of play two years running in ’06 and ’07 and the Stanley Cup in ’06. Brind’Amour also achieved a franchise record of 484 consecutive games played with the Philadelphia Flyers and tallied a total of 1,184 career points in 1,484 games.
Brind’Amour previously made news in the ’09-’10 season when he stepped down as the team’s captain to allow Eric Staal to take over. Prior to that occasion, he had served as Captain for the Flyers when Eric Lindros was not able to go and for the Canes from the ’05-’06 Stanley Cup championship season on.
Although Brind’Amour’s presence on the ice had faded in particular in this last season, both Flyers and Hurricanes fans will always remember his skilled play and accomplishments on the ice while he was in his prime. As an avid fan of the Hurricanes, I tip my hat to our great Captain and look ahead to a Canes squad with a wealth of promising young talent. Cheers, Roddy!