A Campbell River man, who happens to be the head coach for the Carolina Hurricanes, has won the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the year.
Campbell River’s Rod Brind’Amour received the award Thursday, the same day he signed a three-year contract extension with the Hurricanes.
1991’s coach of the year Brian Sutter made the announcement of Brind’Amour’s achievement.
Sutter was Brind’Amour’s coach more than 30 years ago. He said Sutter gave him the appreciation and passion for the sport as an 18-year-old, new to the league.
“I wanted to thank you because you’re my first coach in this league more than 30 years ago,” said Brind’Amour. “You taught me something that I still think I use every day and that is, never take a day in this league for granted, or take a shift for granted.”
Brind’Amour coached the Hurricanes to the best winning percentage in franchise history and they won their first division title since 2006, the year Brind’Amour captained the team to a Stanley Cup title.