Brind'Amour, Lewis added to Canes coaching staff
Posted June 7, 2011
Updated June 8, 2011
Wake County, N.C. — As expected, Rod Brind'Amour was officially announced as an assistant coach for the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at a press conference at the RBC Center.
Jim Rutherford, Canes President and General Manager also announced that Dave Lewis will join Brind’Amour for the 2011-12 season. Ron Francis, who previously served as the team's associate head coach has been named director of hockey operations and Tom Rowe has been added to the team’s pro scouting department.
Head coach Paul Maurice feels like the additions are a perfect meeting of the minds.
"When you get different ideas together it gives you a chance to move forward, Maurice said. "We have different guys with different styles and I’m very excited about this team."
Rutherford insists that despite the player-backgrounds of Brind'Amour and Francis, the promotions within the organization are not simply based on name, but instead based on merit.
"These people are not here just because they are good players and good guys," Rutherford said. "They are here because they are very good at the position and it makes the whole group a lot stronger."
In a pre-arranged decision between Brind'Amour and the Canes, Maurice said the team's former captain who served as the Hurricanes’ director of forwards development in 2010-11 will not be behind the bench for every game. Something that Brind'Amour felt was important in order to spend time with his family.
"I will not always be around so I will be able to juggle (family time) a little," Brind'Amour said. "It is a challenge that everyone faces when you get time away then step right back into it."
Brind’Amour’s new role with the Hurricanes is as assistant coach and development coach. Maurice feels like his year away from the NHL and his experience working with the younger forwards will be beneficial to Brind'Amour in his new role.
"He just recently stopped playing and knows the players very well," Maurice said. "He’s had a year off so he’s not right off the players bench and onto the coaching bench. He’s seen it from a different angle."
Lewis, 57, has been named assistant coach for the Hurricanes. He served as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings from 2002-04 and head coach of the Boston Bruins from 2006-07, compiling an NHL career coaching record of 135-83-33. Lewis’ most recent NHL coaching position was with the Los Angeles Kings, where he served as an assistant coach in 2007-08.
As director of hockey operations, Francis will work directly with Rutherford on all hockey-related matters. Francis, 48, had served as associate head coach for the Hurricanes since 2008, while also working as director of player personnel for the organization.
Rowe, 55, who had worked the past three season as an assistant coach for the Canes, will now work as a pro scout, assisting Director of Professional Scouting Marshall Johnston. Prior to joining Carolina’s coaching staff, he spent the previous four seasons serving as head coach and general manager for the team’s top minor-league affiliates, compiling a career record of 156-130-14-20 in 320 games as a head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Brind'Amour, Francis, Lewis and Rowe all played in the NHL. Brind'Amour and Francis each have their numbers retired by the organization and Francis was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.