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).