Mike Vellucci

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Mike Vellucci
Born (1966-08-11) August 11, 1966 (age 50)
Farmington, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Salt Lake Golden Eagles (IHL)
Binghamton Whalers (AHL)
Hartford Whalers (NHL)
Milwaukee Admirals (IHL)
Indianapolis Ice (IHL)
Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL)
Erie Panthers (ECHL)
Winston-Salem Thunderbirds (ECHL)
Whitley Warriors (BHL)
Michigan Falcons (COHL)
London Wildcats (COHL)
NHL Draft 131st overall, 1984
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1986–1995

Michael George Vellucci (born August 11, 1966 in Farmington, Michigan) is a retired professional ice hockey player and is in his first season with the Carolina Hurricanes. As assistant general manager and director of hockey operations, Vellucci oversees scouting and player development for the Hurricanes. Previously, the head coach and general manager of the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League for 14 seasons. [1]

Playing Career[edit]

Vellucci played professionally in the IHL, AHL, ECHL and BHL from 1986-89. 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.[2]

Plymouth Whalers[edit]

He coached the Plymouth Whalers from 2001–08, winning the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL Coach of the Year in 2007 becoming the first American to win, the same season he led the Whalers to the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a berth in the 2007 Memorial Cup.[3] 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 reigns once again.

Previous Experience[edit]

Prior to joining the Whalers, Vellucci was with Detroit Compuware of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), where his teams went 241-82-27 in the regular season from 1994-99, and captured U.S. national championships in 1994 and 1999. The Ambassadors also captured two NAHL regular-season titles and four Robertson Cups.


Vellucci and his wife, Sue, have a daughter, Allison (17), and a son, Ryan (11).

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
PLY 2001–02 68 39 15 12 2 92 1st in West Lost in First Round
PLY 2002–03 68 43 14 9 2 97 1st in West Lost in Third Round
PLY 2003–04 68 32 24 9 3 76 2nd in West Lost in Second Round
PLY 2004–05 68 30 29 6 3 69 2nd in West Lost in First Round
PLY 2005–06 68 35 28 - 5 75 1st in West Lost in Second Round
PLY 2006–07 68 49 14 - 5 103 1st in West Won J. Ross Robertson Cup
PLY 2007–08 29 18 8 - 3 39 5th in West (Resigned)
PLY 2008–09 49 31 15 - 3 65 2nd in West Lost in Second Round
PLY 2009–10 68 38 27 - 3 79 2nd in West Lost in Second Round
PLY 2010–11 68 36 26 - 6 78 3rd in West Lost in Second Round
PLY 2011–12 68 47 18 - 3 97 1st in West Lost in Second Round
Total 690 398 218 36 38


  1. ^ http://hurricanes.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=97942
  2. ^ "Mike Vellucci player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ Koshan, Terry (2007). Not flashy, just successful. 2007 Mastercard Memorial Cup Program. p. 90. 

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Preceded by
Peter DeBoer
Head coaches of the Plymouth Whalers
Succeeded by
Greg Stefan
Preceded by
Greg Stefan
Head coaches of the Plymouth Whalers
Succeeded by