Canes All-star nominee Rod Brind’Amour picks up national press

Carolina Hurricanes Captain Rod Brind’Amour, one of four Canes nominees to the 2007 NHL all-star game has been garnering national press in recent days.

Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportline headlined his piece last week “Brind’Amour able captain for ‘Canes in bad times — and now good”, while Darryl Dobbs highlighted Brind’Amour in his 1st Quarter Look article at espn.com.

Here’s some of what Goldtsein wrote: “In his 18th NHL season, Brind’Amour is the league’s reigning top defensive forward and is leading his team in scoring while tied for second overall in the NHL. Beyond that, Brind’Amour has the NHL’s best faceoff-win percentage and with nearly 24 minutes per game, he’s the only forward ranked in the top 14 as far as time on ice goes. A few weeks ago he hit the 1,000-point mark for his career… Still, his coach thinks the numbers don’t tell the most important things about Brind’Amour’s game because they don’t reflect his leadership qualities properly. ‘As far as somebody setting an example for an organization, of how to work, how to focus, how to handle yourself, what to say, there’s no one better,’ said Laviolette. “Those are part of the intangibles. “

Dobbs noted “We’re just past the quarter pole of the 2006-07 NHL season and Rod Brind’Amour is hands down the hottest dark horse selection in any hockey pool. Brind’Amour is coming off a huge comeback campaign a year ago, in which he tallied 70 points for the first time in seven years. He’s making last year look like a slump.”

all-star ballot

Voting runs through January 2

There’s a direct link to the English language US ballot for the 2007 NHL All-Star game, or you can use http://tinyurl.com/yzu27e. Remember to vote Rod Brind’Amour, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal for Eastern conference forwards, and Cam Ward for Eastern Conference goalie. You can cast votes every day during the voting period.

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