| Mike Vellucci|
| August 11, 1966 (age 49)
Farmington, MI, USA (1966-08-11) |
131st overall, 1984
Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Binghamton Whalers
Mike Vellucci Wikipedia
Michael George Vellucci (born August 11, 1966, in Farmington, Michigan) is a retired professional ice hockey player. He is currently the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League, as well as the assistant general manager and director of hockey operations with the Carolina Hurricanes, Vellucci oversees scouting and player development for the Hurricanes. Previously, he was the head coach and general manager of the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League for 14 seasons.
Vellucci played professionally in the IHL, AHL, ECHL and BHL from 1986 to 1989. Selected by the Hartford Whalers in the seventh round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Vellucci played for Hartford during the 1987–88 season. Vellucci appeared in two games in the National Hockey League in 1987–88.
Vellucci was with Detroit Compuware Ambassadors of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) from 1994 to 1999, where his teams went 241–82–27 in the regular season and captured U.S. national championships in 1994 and 1999. The Ambassadors also captured two NAHL regular season titles and four Robertson Cups.
He coached the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2001 to 2008, winning the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL Coach of the Year in 2007 becoming the first American to win. That same season, he led the Whalers to the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a berth in the 2007 Memorial Cup. He was also named the OHL’s Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year in 2012–13. Vellucci stepped down as head coach of the Whalers in December 2007, as he wanted more time to concentrate on his general manager duties, and he was replaced by Greg Stefan. Stefan coached the club until November 2008, when he resigned to take a job with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, and Vellucci took over the coaching duties once again.
He left the Whalers after the 2013–14 season and took a job as an assistant general manager and director of player development with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. After three seasons, he became the head coach of the Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers in 2017.
Vellucci and his wife, Sue, have a daughter, Allison (19), and a son, Ryan (14).