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Hockey Operations

Mike Vellucci

Assistant General Manager / Director of Hockey Operations

Mike Vellucci, 49, is in his third season with the Carolina Hurricanes. As assistant general manager and director of hockey operations, Vellucci oversees scouting and player development for the Hurricanes.

Vellucci joined the Hurricanes after 14 seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, serving as Head Coach and General Manager for the majority of that time. The Farmington, MI, native led Plymouth to a 468-322-36 record during his time in the OHL, and ranks first in Plymouth franchise history in games coached (826), wins (468) and playoff wins (70). Vellucci was the first American to win the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL coach of the year after the Whalers captured the OHL championship in 2006-07. He was also named the OHL's Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year in 2012-13, becoming the first to win both awards in the same season. He was the second member of the organization to be recognized as the OHL's Executive of the Year, joining Jim Rutherford, who won it in back-to-back seasons in 1993 and 1994 with the Detroit Jr. Red Wings. 

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 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 and his wife, Sue, have a daughter, Allison (19), and a son, Ryan (13).

Ricky Olczyk

Assistant General Manager

Ricky Olczyk, 46, is in his third year as assistant general manager for the Carolina Hurricanes, and his 10th NHL season in management. Olczyk reports directly to Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. His responsibilities include player contract negotiations, scouting and player evaluation at the pro and amateur levels, salary arbitration, all aspects of player personnel decisions, salary cap management and analysis, and all matters pertaining to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Olczyk completed six seasons as assistant general manager with the Edmonton Oilers prior to joining the Hurricanes. The Chicago, IL, native originally joined the Oilers' hockey operations staff in 2007 as director of hockey administration and legal affairs. Prior to joining the Oilers, Olczyk ran his own legal consulting firm in Chicago for six years, representing players and advising families on academic and professional goals. He also spent two seasons with the National Hockey League Players' Association in Toronto.

A 1992 graduate of Brown University, Olczyk played four seasons of Division I hockey and served as the Bears' captain during his senior year. He also captained the United States Under-17 National Team that won the Silver Medal at the 1986 World Cup. Olczyk graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown with a degree in Philosophy. He also wrote an honors thesis, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society, and was named to the Academic All-Ivy Team.

After earning his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1996, Olczyk was admitted to the Arizona Bar and worked for two years at Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, a Phoenix law firm, specializing in corporate and commercial transactions and civil litigation.

An avid trail runner, Ricky has raced in the Pike's Peak Marathon five times. He enjoys reading, and is a frequent guest lecturer at several colleges and law schools. Ricky is the younger brother of Eddie Olczyk, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and television analyst for the NHL on NBC.

Brian Tatum

Assistant General Manager

Brian Tatum, 42, is in his 19th year with the Carolina Hurricanes and his second as assistant general manager. As assistant general manager, the Raleigh native's responsibilities include staff contract negotiations, scheduling, serving as the club's liaison to the NHL regarding matters related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and all hockey related administrative duties. He also serves as the internal liaison for the hockey department and business operations and oversees the communications department.

Prior to his promotion to assistant general manager on April 28, 2014, Tatum served as vice president of team operations for two seasons, and as senior director of team operations for five years. Tatum was the Hurricanes' team services manager from 2000-2006, responsible for the coordination of all of the team's travel, including accommodations, transportation, catering and all player-related requests. 

Tatum first joined the organization in 1997 as an intern in public relations and was hired in the ticket sales department after earning a master's degree in sports management from North Carolina State University. He earned his undergraduate degree from UNC-Wilmington, where he was an infielder on the Seahawks' baseball team. 

Tatum was raised in Raleigh and was a standout baseball and basketball player at Broughton High School. He and his wife, Liz, reside in Raleigh.

Darren Yorke

Assistant to the General Manager / Video Scout

Darren Yorke is in his eighth season with the Hurricanes, serving as assistant to the general manager and video scout.

As video scout, Yorke uses television broadcasts of professional and amateur games to assist management in personnel decisions, filing reports on players similar to the team's field scouts. During his tenure with Carolina, Yorke's responsibilities have expanded to include player evaluations with hockey management, and he has led the team's scouting meetings for each of the past three seasons.

Yorke is a native of Milton, Ont., and graduated with honors from Brock University in 2008 with a degree in sports management. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Yorke interned and worked for the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons, and spent one year with Canadian sports network TSN.

Darren is single and lives in Raleigh.

Eric Tulsky

Hockey Analyst

Eric Tulsky is in his second season serving as the Hurricanes' full-time hockey analyst, after working with the team on a part-time basis during the 2014-15 season. As hockey analyst, Tulsky will provide and analyze data to assist the hockey operations department and coaching staff.

Tulsky has been publishing his advanced hockey statistical analysis since 2011, when he began writing for BroadstreetHockey.com. He also contributed to NHLNumbers.com prior to launching his own website through SBNation, Outnumbered. Tulsky has been a featured panelist for MIT's annual Sports Analytics Conference and his hockey analysis work has also been published in The Washington Post and fivethirtyeight.com. 

A Philadelphia native, Tulsky holds a B.A. in chemistry and physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from UC-Berkeley. He also conducted a two-year, post-doctoral study at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., and worked in nanotechnology for 12 years. Tulsky's research has helped enable unique nanotechnology solutions to problems in DNA sequencing, solar energy, displays and energy storage. He and his wife, Karen Sosa, reside in Chapel Hill with their son, Seth (10).

Glen Wesley

Director of Defensemen Development

Glen Wesley is in his ninth year as the Hurricanes' director of defensemen development. Wesley officially retired from hockey on June 5, 2008, following a career of more than 20 NHL seasons. As director of defensemen development, Wesley is responsible for working with all defensemen in the Hurricanes system, including drafted players in the Canadian major-junior hockey leagues, ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL).

Originally drafted third overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, Wesley completed his playing career ranked sixth on the NHL's all-time list of games played by a defenseman, skating in 1,457 total games over 20 seasons with Boston, Hartford, Toronto and Carolina. The Red Deer, Alb., native debuted with Boston straight out of junior hockey in his draft year, and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after earning 37 points (7g, 30a) and leading all rookies with a plus-21 plus/minus rating. Wesley played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1989, and completed his career with 128 goals, 409 assists (537 points) and 1,045 penalty minutes. He appeared in the Stanley Cup Final four times, reaching the championship series with Boston in 1988 and 1990, and with Carolina in 2002 and 2006, capturing the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006. 

The Hartford Whalers acquired Wesley on Aug. 25, 1994, in exchange for first-round draft picks in 1995 (Kyle McLaren), 1996 (Jonathan Aitken) and 1997 (Sergei Samsonov). Wesley went on to play 13 seasons for the franchise, and, prior to his retirement, he was the only player to have played for the Hurricanes in every season since the team relocated to North Carolina in 1997. He played more games (913) for the Hurricanes franchise than any player in team history other than Ron Francis, and his 728 games played for the Hurricanes are the most by any player in a Carolina uniform. Wesley totaled 227 points (51g, 176a) for the Whalers and Hurricanes, and the Hurricanes officially retired his No. 2 jersey to the rafters on Feb. 17, 2009. 

Glen and his wife, Barb, have a daughter, Amanda, and two sons, Josh and Matthew. Josh, a defenseman, was selected by the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Cory Stillman

Director of Forwards Development

Cory Stillman is in his fifth year as director of forwards development for the Carolina Hurricanes. Stillman, 42, retired as a player in September 2011 after 16 NHL seasons, and spent the 2011-12 season working as player development assistant for the Florida Panthers.

A first-round selection (6th overall) of the Calgary Flames in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Stillman totaled 278 goals and 449 assists (727 points) in 1,025 career games with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers. He scored 52 goals and added 113 assists (165 points) in 191 games during two stints with the Hurricanes from 2005-2008 and in 2011. He was second among Hurricanes in scoring during the team's run to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship, notching 26 points (9g, 17a) in 25 games, and netting the series-clinching, overtime goal in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens. Stillman also won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2004, and the 2006 title made him the sixth player in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons with two different teams. 

Cory and his wife, Mara, have three children: Riley, Madison and Chase.

Curtis Joseph

Goaltending Consultant

Curtis Joseph, 49, is in his first season as goaltending consultant for the Hurricanes. As goaltending consultant, Joseph works closely with the Hurricanes' netminder prospects at the American Hockey League (AHL) level in Charlotte. He is also a resource for the team's drafted goaltenders in the junior and college ranks, and is available for special assignments as needed.

Joseph appeared in 943 career regular-season games during an 18-year career, compiling a record of 454-352-90 with the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames. The Keswick, Ont., native earned 51 career shutouts and had a career goals-against average of 2.79. Joseph also appeared in 132 career Stanley Cup playoff games, going 63-66 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in the postseason. He was a three-time NHL All-Star (1994, 1999, 2000) and won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Following the 1999-00 season, Joseph was awarded the King Clancy Trophy, given for exemplifying leadership qualities on and off the ice and making noteworthy humanitarian contributions to his community.

Mike Sundheim

Vice President of Communications and Team Services

Mike Sundheim is in his 17th year full-time with the Carolina Hurricanes media relations department, and his 14th year heading the team's communications department. In July 2014, he was promoted to vice president of communications and team services, taking on travel and team services responsibilities in addition to his long-time media relations role.

A 2000 graduate of the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sundheim is responsible for the promotion of the team and its players in the local and national media, and serves as the Hurricanes' primary media contact and spokesperson. He is also responsible for team publications, including media guides, press releases and other communications efforts, as well as managing the team's communications budget and staff. 

Along with his media relations duties, Sundheim is active in the team's social media and digital content efforts, including helping to establish and develop the team's Facebook and Twitter accounts. He also occasionally contributes to the team's website through his public relations blog, The Guy Behind the Guy, established in 2005 as a way to provide fans with updates on team media appearances and give them an inside perspective on the team away from the ice. 

Prior to joining the team full-time in 2000, Sundheim spent two seasons as an intern in the Hurricanes' media relations department, beginning with the team's 1998-99 campaign. Originally from Somerville, NJ, he also gained experience as an assistant sports editor for UNC's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, a student assistant in the UNC sports information department and a summer intern for the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football League (AFL). 

Along with his Hurricanes responsibilities, Mike has served as an adjunct professor at UNC's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching a course in "Sports Publicity," and completed a master's degree in Sports Management from North Carolina State University in 2015. Mike and his wife, Leah, reside in Raleigh and have three children: Franklin, Charlie and Eve.

Kyle Hanlin

Senior Director of Communications and Team Services

Kyle Hanlin is in his 17th year working in communications in the National Hockey League, and his 15th year with the Carolina Hurricanes. In July 2014, Hanlin was promoted to senior director of communications and team services, assuming additional travel and team services duties in addition to his media relations and broadcasting roles.

A 2000 graduate of the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Hanlin served as the website reporter for CarolinaHurricanes.com prior to joining the Washington Capitals' communications staff in February 2002. Hanlin returned to Raleigh in January 2003 as the Hurricanes' manager of media relations and was assigned additional responsibilities coordinating the team's broadcasting efforts in August 2006. Hanlin serves as a team spokesperson and media contact, and helps produce all team publications, including media guides, news releases and other communications efforts. He also serves as the primary contact for each of the team's television and radio affiliates, and is responsible for arranging the team's television schedule, assisting in personnel decisions and developing the Hurricanes' broadcasts on television and radio.

Born in Pittsburgh but raised in Raleigh, Hanlin gained experience in the music industry prior to graduating from college, working for Virgin Records and Deep South Entertainment. He also worked with the websites for The Washington Post and The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper at UNC, as an undergraduate. 

Hanlin and his wife, Cristina, reside in Raleigh and have a son named Cash (4).

Beth Carter

Hockey Operations Coordinator

Beth Carter is in her second year in the Hurricanes' hockey operations department and her third season working for the organization on a full-time basis.

As hockey operations coordinator, Carter assists the executive vice president and general manager, prepares and maintains player contracts and immigration on both the NHL and AHL levels and coordinates player call-ups and loans between the two leagues. She also assists team operations personnel with development camp, rookie camp and training camp. Carter also serves as the team's scouting coordinator, helping amateur and professional scouting staff with their travel needs, and coordinates special events such as the NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft and scouting meetings. 

Prior to joining the hockey operations department, Carter spent one season working in premium services for PNC Arena. She first joined the organization as an intern in the community relations department during her senior year in college. Born in Little Washington, NC, Carter was raised in Four Oaks, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a degree in Sports Administration and American Studies.