The Hurricanes announced the deal Thursday, just over a week after defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay eliminated the Hurricanes in the second round. It also follows that Brind’Amour was named one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award given to the NHL’s top coach each year.
50-year-old Brind’Amour’s contract ended this season, although 2006 Carolina Cup winner and owner Tom Dundon’s captain has made public comments in recent months indicating they expect to reach an agreement – Brind’Amour having declared at the beginning of May: “Everyone knows that I am a hurricane. “
Now he will stay with the franchise where he also played in the 2002 Stanley Cup Final and worked as an assistant coach before guiding a resurgence of a nine-season playoff drought.
“Rod has been the driving force behind the culture change we’ve experienced here,” said CEO Don Waddell. “It keeps our players motivated, demands accountability and prepares our team to compete every night. He has really raised the bar for our organization, and we are delighted that he will continue as a coach for years to come.
Brind’Amour, who took over in 2018, took his first team to the playoffs and defeated defending Stanley Cup champion Washington en route to the Eastern Conference final. Then came a trip to the Toronto bubble last summer and a qualifying playoff victory in a second straight playoff appearance.
This year marked the first time the franchise has made three consecutive playoff trips since moving to North Carolina in 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut. The Hurricanes have won the Central Division title for the team’s Premier League crown since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, and continued to hunt for the Presidents’ Trophy for best regular season record until the last week of the calendar.
Carolina beat Nashville in a six-game first-round streak before losing in five to the Lightning in the second round.
Brind’Amour is 120-66-20 in the regular season over three seasons and 17-17 in the playoffs.
The league will announce the winner of Jack Adams on Thursday night.