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Hurricanes to retire Brind'Amour's number 17

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The Sports Network
7/15/2010 3:36:28 PM
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Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour will have his No. 17 jersey retired by the Carolina Hurricanes prior to a February 18, 2011 contest against the Philadelphia flyers.

Brind'Amour announced his retirement after a 20-plus-year NHL career last month. He had one year left on the five-year contract he signed in 2006 after captaining Carolina to the franchise's only Stanley Cup title.

"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 Hurricanes general manager Jim 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."

Brind'Amour was dealt to Carolina from Philadelphia on January 23, 2000 in a trade that sent forward Keith Primeau to the Flyers. He registered 174 goals and 299 assists in 694 games with the Hurricanes.

Originally drafted ninth overall by St. Louis in the 1988 draft, Brind'Amour registered 452 goals and 732 assists in 1,484 career games. He added 51 goals and 111 points in 159 playoff contests.

Once one of the most talented two-way players, Brind'Amour captured back-to- back Frank J. Selke Trophies as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Though best known as a Hurricane, Brind'Amour's single-season personal bests in goals, assists, points, plus-minus and penalty minutes all came during his tenure with Philadelphia (1991-2000). In addition, his lone All-Star selection occurred in 1992, his first year with the Flyers.

Rod Brind'Amour (Photo: Getty Images)

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