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Hurricanes' Brind'Amour retires

RALEIGH, N.C., June 30 (UPI) -- Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind'Amour retired Wednesday, ending a 20-plus-year NHL playing career and starting one in the club's front office.

"I feel very fortunate to play as long as I have," Brind'Amour said.

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He scored nine goals and had 10 assists in 80 games last season. His minus-29 rating was the second worst in the league.

Brind'Amour, 39, had one year left on a five-year contract he signed in 2006 after leading Carolina to its only Stanley Cup title.

His new duties with the team weren't disclosed.

In 10 years with the Hurricanes, Brind'Amour tallied 174 goals and 299 assists in 694 games. He was originally drafted by St. Louis and also played for Philadelphia.

For his career, he had 452 goals and 732 assists in 1,484 games. He added 51 goals and 111 points in 159 playoff games.

He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

He was an all-star in 1992.

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