Carolina Hurricanes announce coaching staff signings and promotions

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Saturday that the team had agreed to terms with assistant coaches Rod Brind’Amour and Steve Smith, as well as video coach Chris Huffine.

Executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis also announced that the team added L.J. Scarpace as video coach.

The assistants will continue to work under head coach Bill Peters who signed a contract extension last July, a deal that rolls through the 2018-19 season.

“We feel strongly that we have the right people in place to help our young team take the next step this season,” Francis said.

“The addition of L.J. Scarpace allows our staff even more capabilities on the video side.”

Scarpace, 41, recently completed his 12th season under Red Berenson with the University of Michigan men’s hockey program, and his third season as the team’s director of player development.

Prior to that promotion, he served as Michigan’s video coordinator since 2004, managing the team’s video and statistical systems.

On the training and strength and conditioning side, the Hurricanes named Doug Bennett as head athletic trainer and Bill Burniston as head strength and conditioning coach.

Brian Maddox, who previously served as head athletic trainer for the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, will join the Hurricanes staff as assistant athletic trainer.

Francis also announced that Darren Yorke was promoted to manager of scouting and Eric Tulsky was promoted to manager of analytics.

Jeff Daniels, who’s served as a player, coach and scout with the organization, was named manager of professional scouting while Sergei Samsonov, who most recently served as a scout, was promoted to forwards development.

Former Hurricanes D-man Glen Wesley will continue to serve in his capacity in leading defensemen development.

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