Realizing that he would have a greatly diminished role if he continued playing for the Carolina Hurricanes next season, Rod Brind'Amour decided to retire. I am sure he could have asked GM Jim Rutherford for release from his contract and moved on to another team seeking veteran leadership, but Brind'Amour decided to retire as a Hurricane.
Brind'Amour was always a team first guy and that dedication will be rewarded on February 18 when the Hurricanes raise his No. 17 to the rafters.
Brind'Amour captained the 'Canes to their only Stanley Cup Championship in 2006. His 1484 games played in the NHL ranks his 16th in all-time games played. During his 20 year career he racked up 1184 points(452 goals, 732 assists). He leaves the 'Canes as one of the franchises most prolific players, ranking second in assists (299), third in points (473), and fourth in games played (694).
During his career with the 'Canes and earlier the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues, Brind'Amour was a member of the NHL all-rookie team, as well as a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic Squad. Brind'Amour also played in the 1992 All-Star Game and was awarded back-to-back Frank J. Selke trophies in 2006 and 2007 as the NHL's top defensive forward.
Brind'Amour will move to the front offices of the Hurricanes in an unspecified role for the 2011 season.