Hurricanes re-sign assistants, add second video coach

Rod BrindAmour, Steve Smith return behind the bench, Chris Huffine gets help at video coach with addition of L.J. Scarpace

Madeline Gray—North State Journal
Rod Brind'Amour, pictured in 2016 when he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, will be the next coach of the Carolina Hurricanes (Madeline Gray / North State Journal)

RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed assistant coaches Steve Smith and Rod Brind’Amour, and video coach Chris Huffine, and added L.J. Scarpace as a video coach, the team announced Friday.”We feel strongly that we have the right people in place to help our young team take the next step this season,” said GM Ron Francis in a press release. “The addition of L.J. Scarpace allows our staff even more capabilities on the video side.”Brind’Amour, 46, played 10 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes and has been an assistant coach for the team since 2011. He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the second hockey player to be inducted along with Francis. Smith, 54, joined the team in 2014 when head coach Bill Peters was hired. He had previously been an assistant with Edmonton and Calgary after playing 16 seasons in the NHL.Huffine has been with the team since its move to North Carolina, and also was video coach for the United States hockey team at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.Scarpace, 41, was director of player development at Michigan under legendary coach Red Berenson — who retired after the 2016-17 season — the past three years, and was previously the program’s video coordinator since 2004. He played two seasons in goal with the Wolverines (1999-2001) after transferring in from Western Michigan University.The Hurricanes still have not named a goalie coach for the 2017-18 season, but confirmed one will be hired. The team did not renew David Marcoux’s contract after the season. Terms of the contracts for the four coaches signed Friday were not disclosed. Carolina may also be looking for a new coach for their AHL affiliate this offseason, as it has been widely reported that Charlotte Checkers coach Ulf Samuelsson would be leaving the organization to take an assistant coach job with the Chicago Blackhawks.