Checkers’ head coach steps down

Published 5:52 pm Friday, June 28, 2019

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team and Assistant General Manager/Director of Hockey Operations/Charlotte Checkers Head Coach Mike Vellucci have mutually agreed to part ways.

“I’m thankful for my time with the Hurricanes organization,” said Vellucci. “We created some great memories in Charlotte, including winning the franchise’s first Calder Cup and bringing the first championship to Charlotte last season. After 27 years it’s hard to leave, but I have been presented with an exciting opportunity that makes sense for my future.”

Vellucci, 52, completed his fifth season with the Hurricanes organization and his second as Checkers Head Coach in 2018-19. In two seasons behind the bench in Charlotte, he led the team to a 97-43-12 record, including an AHL-best 51-17-8 record in 2018-19. He was hired by Carolina as Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations on April 28, 2014, and became Checkers Head Coach on June 15, 2017. Prior to joining the Hurricanes organization, Vellucci was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers from 2001-14, and also coached Detroit Compuware of the North American Hockey League from 1994-99.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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