Kevin McCarthy is in his 18th year with the franchise, and his 12th consecutive season on the Hurricanes coaching staff. A former NHL defenseman, McCarthy spent four years as the head coach of the Hurricanes’ top American Hockey League affiliates prior to his promotion to the NHL. As a head coach, his AHL teams posted a 156-123-36 combined record, which ranks as the second-best record in franchise history for an AHL affiliate. The Hurricanes’ 2006 championship marked the first Stanley Cup title of McCarthy’s career.
Prior to his appointment as the organization’s top farm team’s head coach, McCarthy served three seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach for the Hartford Whalers. McCarthy served two seasons as the coordinator of pro scouting and player development for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1990-92 prior to joining Hartford.
As a player, McCarthy spent 10 seasons in the NHL with Philadelphia, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. In 527 career NHL games, he totaled 67 goals and 191 assists (258 points). During his time with Vancouver, he served as the Canucks’ team captain and earned a starting position in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game. McCarthy still ranks 33rd on Vancouver’s all-time scoring list with 199 points (51g, 148a) in 352 games and was selected as number 37 on Vancouver’s list of the 50 Greatest Canucks in 2005.
Kevin and his wife, Rhonda, have three daughters—Melissa, Meaghan and Mallory—and reside in Apex.