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Brind'Amour changed game in Raleigh

Updated: June 30, 2010, 11:08 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

While we were waiting for former Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour to formally announce his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday, we couldn't help but think of a visit we made to Raleigh, N.C., toward the end of the 2005-06 regular season.

The Hurricanes were at the top of the NHL standings, and Raleigh had turned into a hockey-mad community as the team prepared for what would be a seminal run to the Stanley Cup later that spring, the first of the post-lockout era.

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