On Friday night at the RBC Center, the stage will be set for another jersey retirement. This will only be the third retired jersey in the Hurricanes franchise. Rod Brind’Amour’s number 17 jersey will join Glen Wesley’s number two and Ron Francis’s number 10 among the rafters of the RBC Center.
Brind’Amour was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1988 and played two full seasons in St. Louis before being trade to the Philadelphia Flyers, the team the Hurricanes will face on Friday night. Brind’Amour stayed in Philly for nine years before being dealt to the Hurricanes during the 1999-2000 season. Brind’Amour’s hard work has stuck with him for his whole career, as he is known widely around the league for his dedication to the game.
During his ten years with the Hurricanes, Brind’Amour led the Canes to two Stanley Cup appearances, capturing the second during the 2005-2006 season against the Edmonton Oilers. During the 2007-2008 season, Brind’Amour tore his ACL in the middle of the season. Brind’Amour would come back in the 2008-2009 and lead the Canes on a late season surge into the Eastern Conference Finals, and fall short of his third Cup appearance with the Hurricanes to the Pittsburg Penguins.
Brind’Amour retired after the 2009-2010 season but continues to work closely with the Hurricanes organization. Brind’Amour retired, having played 1,484 career NHL games, and the winner of back-to-back Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2006 and 2007. During a 2010 press conference announcing the retirement of Brind’Amour’s #17 sweater, team President and General Manager Jim Rutherford, had nothing but good things to say about the former captain.
“There is no image of our franchise more memorable than that of Rod Brind’Amour, our captain, hoisting the Stanley Cup above his head, the emotions from a lifetime of hard work and dedication pouring out of him,” said Rutherford. “There is no doubt that Rod’s number belongs in the rafters of the RBC Center, and February 18 will surely be a very special night for our fans and everyone connected with the Hurricanes organization.”
Tonight at the RBC Center, there will be many #17 jerseys, whether Hurricanes or Flyers. And all will be there not only to cheer their team, but to share the special night with Brind’Amour. The banner ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., and the Flyers and Hurricanes will face off at 8. The Flyers will don No. 17 jerseys during pregame warm-ups to honor Brind’Amour.
Truly, Rod Brind’Amour will have a place not only in history, but in the hearts of the Canianc’s that have grown to love their #17. Tonight will truly be an awesome experience and prove to be an event that will always stay with Brind’Amour.