Brind'Amour's job defined

Staff writerSeptember 13, 2010 

Rod Brind'Amour's new job with the Carolina Hurricanes now has a title.

General manager Jim Rutherford announced Sunday that Brind'Amour, a former team captain who retired in June, would become director of forwards development.

Brind'Amour, 40, will work with the forwards in the Hurricanes' system, including drafted players in Canada's major-junior hockey leagues, the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League. He is with Rutherford and the Canes' coaches at the NHL prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich., giving the forwards some pointers.

"We wanted to wait on a title announcement until we got closer to training camp and could see what role on the ice Rod will have at camp," Rutherford said Sunday. "We're really happy he stayed with the organization. He has really jumped into things here [Traverse City] and will contribute a lot to the organization.

"He will develop some players who are not on the big club but he will also develop and work on some things he's noticed with the players with the big club. He'll be on the ice at training camp under the direction of coaching staff. During the season, he will attend most games in Raleigh when he's not traveling to Charlotte to work with players there."

The Hurricanes go on the ice for the start of training camp on Saturday after the player physicals on Friday. The Canes have moved their AHL affiliate to Charlotte.

Rutherford said Brind'Amour likely would watch the Canes' home games from Rutherford's second-level box at the RBC Center.

"He'll observe and offer thoughts on players and anything that goes on in the game that he thinks should be changed or fixed," Rutherford said. or 919-829-8945

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