The National Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour has won the 2020-21 Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. Brind’Amour is the first Whalers/Hurricanes head coach to receive the honor.
Brind’Amour, 50, was named Hurricanes head coach on May 8, 2018, and in his first three seasons behind the bench, he has led the team to a 120-66-20 record. His .631 points percentage is the highest by a head coach in franchise history. Brind’Amour is the only head coach in franchise history to lead the team to three consecutive playoff berths, and the Hurricanes have won a postseason series in each of those seasons. Carolina ranked third in the NHL with a 36-12-8 record in 2020-21, marking the highest single season points percentage in franchise history (.714). The Hurricanes also won the Central Division for their fifth division title in franchise history and the first since 2005-06. They were the only NHL team to rank in the top three on both the power play (25.6%) and penalty kill (85.2%), marking the first time in franchise history that the team finished top-five in both categories.
Brind’Amour recorded his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes win against Detroit on March 4, in just his 173rd game as a head coach, becoming the 12th-fastest coach in NHL history and the fastest in franchise history to reach the milestone. He earned a 5-6 record during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he now ranks second in franchise playoff history in both games coached (34) and wins (17). His .500 career postseason win percentage (17-17) is also tied for the second-highest in franchise history. Brind’Amour was the third Jack Adams Award finalist in franchise history, joining 1986-87 runner-up Jack Evans and 2005-06 runner-up Peter Laviolette.
As a player, Brind’Amour played 1,484 NHL games with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Carolina from 1989-2010 and officially retired on June 30, 2010. Drafted ninth overall by the Blues in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Brind’Amour completed his career ranked 16th in NHL history in games played, 44th in assists (732), 46th in points (1,184) and 54th in goals (452). He was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 1990 and played in the 1992 NHL All-Star Game. Brind’Amour won back-to-back Frank J. Selke trophies as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Acquired by the Hurricanes from the Flyers on Jan. 23, 2000, Brind’Amour ranks second in career points since the franchise’s relocation to North Carolina, with 473 points (174g, 299a) in 694 games played. He also ranks second in assists, third in shorthanded goals (10), fourth in goals and third in power-play goals (60) in Hurricanes history. Brind’Amour ranks third in franchise history in assists, fourth in points and fifth in games played. Named Carolina’s captain prior to the 2005-06 season, Brind’Amour recorded 70 points (31g, 39a) that season to lead the team to a franchise-record 52 regular-season wins. He also set the franchise record for goals in a single postseason with a league-leading 12 playoff goals in 2006 as he led the team to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.