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.