NHL: The best captain in each team’s history (Updated 2023)

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Carolina Hurricanes, Rod Brind'Amour
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Best NHL captain from each franchise: Carolina Hurricanes – Rod Brind’Amour

A captain that is able to be a difference-maker is one that binds a team together to achieve greatness. Such is the case with center Rod Brind’Amour who was the missing piece to the Carolina Hurricanes championship season back in 2006.

It was this season as captain that he built a locker room on hard work, nonstop effort, and making sure to keep all his players motivated to do what has never before been done in Carolina. Thanks to all the experience he earned in his stints with the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers, Brind’Amour was able to bring his unique style of leadership to the table and get the job done with the Hurricanes.

That year, the Hurricanes won their first-ever Stanley Cup championship as Brind’Amour had an excellent season. He totaled 26 goals, 56 assists, and 82 points. Brind’Amour even scored his 1,000th career point and led by example in everything he was a part of on the ice.

At the end of his career, everyone will have fond memories of what he accomplished in that magical 2006 season and how to this day, it’ll forever be remembered. Brind’Amour was a fantastic captain and one that earned the respect of those around him for finally ending that championship drought for the Hurricanes.