The Carolina Hurricanes and coach Mike Vellucci have agreed to part ways. According to a post on the Charlotte Checkers Instagram page, Vellucci and the Hurricanes organization have mutually agreed to separate.
Vellucci was so much more than a coach to the organization. Vellucci also played the role of assistant General Manager helping the hand of GM Don Waddell.
Checkers HC Mike Vellucci is leaving the Canes organization after 27 years. Huge but expected blow, as it’s about time the hockey world is seeing how worthy he is of an NHL job or whatever else he might want to do.— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) June 28, 2019
Not only was Mike Vellucci the 2018-2019 AHL coach of the year, but he was also the first coach to bring a championship to the city of Charlotte.
He helped a lot of these young kids and players develop and become more mature and NHL ready.
The future of the Checkers is still on hold to the public as we do not have much information on who the next head coach is or who the new assistant GM will be for the Hurricanes.
This could very well change the future of the Hurricanes as well. Nobody knows this Checkers team as Vellucci does; their strengths and weaknesses along with their ins and outs.
This will not affect the development of the players but could affect which players start on the Hurricanes roster in the coming year.
On another note, Thank you and good luck to Mike Vellucci. This city will forever remember you as the first coach to win the Calder Cup in the Queen City.