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Hockey Operations

Rick Dudley

Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations

Rick Dudley, 69, is entering his first season as senior vice president of hockey operations. Dudley has more than 45 years of experience in professional hockey, including 25 years as a senior executive in the National Hockey League. 

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, the Toronto native served as senior vice president of hockey operations for the Montreal Canadiens. He's also held senior executive roles with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.

Dudley has served as general manager for four NHL franchises, and played a major role in helping to build championship teams in Tampa Bay, where he was general manager from 1999 to 2002, and Chicago, where he was assistant general manager from 2004 to 2009. As general manager of the Ottawa Senators in 1998-99, he helped the Senators capture their first division championship. Before starting his NHL management career, he served as a general manager in the IHL, AHL and ECHL, reaching the finals eight times and winning four league championships. He also gained experience as a coach in the ACHL, IHL, AHL and NHL, serving as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres from 1989-1991.

Dudley spent seven seasons as a player in the NHL, totaling 174 points (75g, 99a) in 309 career games with Buffalo and Winnipeg. He also appeared in 270 World Hockey Association (WHA) games with Cincinnati, twice netting 40 goals in a season.

Paul Krepelka

Vice President of Hockey Operations

Paul Krepelka is entering his first season as vice president of hockey operations. As vice president of hockey operations, Krepelka's responsibilities include player contract negotiations, collective bargaining agreement/salary cap compliance, player personnel, and all other hockey-related matters.

Krepelka has gained experience in hockey as a player, attorney, agent and manager. Krepelka spent 20 years as a sports agent, including co-founder and partner in the Orr Hockey Group. During that time, he represented some of the top players in the National Hockey League, as well as representing the No. 1 overall player selected in the NHL Draft on two occasions.

A graduate of Princeton University, where he played collegiate hockey, Krepelka played professionally for the Hampton Roads Admirals from 1991-93, winning a Riley Cup with the Admirals in 1992. Following his playing career, the Arlington, MA, native returned to Massachusetts to earn his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston before joining Woolf Associates in 1996 as a sports agent.

Darren Yorke

Director of Player Personnel

Darren Yorke is in his 10th season with the Hurricanes, and his first as director of player personnel. As director of player personnel, Yorke is involved in all player personnel decisions, oversees amateur scouting, is responsible for the team's draft, and reports directly to the general manager.

Yorke first joined the organization in 2009 as video scout, using television broadcasts of professional and amateur games to assist management in personnel decisions and filing reports on players similar to the team's field scouts. Prior to being named director of player personnel, Yorke served as manager of scouting.

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

Darren is single and lives in Raleigh.

Eric Tulsky

Vice President of Hockey Management and Strategy

Eric Tulsky is in his fifth season with the Hurricanes, and his first as vice president of hockey management and strategy. As vice president of hockey management and strategy, Tulsky provides and analyzes 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, and he holds 13 U.S. patents.

Eric and his wife, Karen, live in Chapel Hill with their son, Seth (12).

Kevin Kan

Data Engineer

Kevin Kan is in his second season with the Carolina Hurricanes, serving as data engineer. As data engineer, Kan maintains the analytics database, performs data quality checks and develops tools for accessing the data.

Kan was the creator of the datarink.com, a public hockey database that featured hockey data visualizations. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science (MASc) in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, where he studied information systems design and human factors.

Sergei Samsonov

Forwards Development

Sergei Samsonov is in his fifth year of working in the Carolina Hurricanes hockey operations department and his second year in forwards development. Samsonov, 39, played for 13 NHL seasons before joining the Hurricanes as an amateur scout in September 2014.

A first-round selection, eighth overall, of the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Samsonov totaled 235 goals and 336 assists (571 points) in 888 career games with the Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

The Moscow native captured the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1997-98, after tallying 47 points (22g, 25a) in his first NHL season, and played in the 2001 NHL All-Star Game. Samsonov was acquired by the Hurricanes in January 2008, and totaled 54 goals and 81 assists (135 points) in 249 regular-season games with Carolina. Internationally, Samsonov represented Russia at the 1996 and 1997 World Junior Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Sergei and his wife, Meghan, have two daughters: Natasha and Anya.

Tim Gleason

Defensemen Development

Tim Gleason, 35, is entering his first season with the Hurricanes in defensemen development. Gleason is responsible for working with all defensemen in the Hurricanes system, including drafted players in the Canadian major-junior hockey leagues, college, ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL).

Originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Gleason played 727 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Carolina, Toronto and Washington, totaling 142 points (17g, 125a) and 701 penalty minutes.

Acquired by the Hurricanes in Sept. 2006, he went on to play 546 regular-season games for the franchise and ranks sixth in the team's North Carolina history (since 1997) in games played. Gleason also appeared in 19 Stanley Cup playoff games for the Hurricanes, and scored the overtime, game-winning goal in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Devils.

A native of Clawson, MI, Gleason represented the United States in a number of international competitions, winning silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. He also played for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Championship and the 2001 and 2003 World Junior Championships.

Mike Sundheim

Vice President of Communications and Team Services

Mike Sundheim is in his 21st year with the Carolina Hurricanes communications department, and his 16th year heading the 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 and press releases, as well as managing the team's communications budget and staff. In 2017, he assumed additional duties coordinating the team's broadcasting efforts: serving as the primary contact for the team's affiliates, assisting in personnel decisions and developing the Hurricanes' broadcasts on television and radio.

Along with his communications role, Sundheim works with plane, bus and hotel companies to make the Hurricanes' travel arrangements and manages player community and corporate appearances and events throughout the year. He also remains active with the team's digital content efforts, contributing regularly to the team's website and helping to establish and develop the team's original Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes full-time in 2000, Sundheim spent two seasons as an intern in the team's media relations department, beginning with the 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).

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

Pace Sagester

Manager of Communications and Team Services

Pace Sagester is in his eighth NHL season and his second as manager of communications and team services for the Carolina Hurricanes. In his communications role, Sagester promotes the team with local and national media outlets, serves as a media contact for the players and staff, and is responsible for team publications, including the media guide, news releases and the team's media site, CanesPR.com. On the team services side, Sagester helps make the team's travel arrangements, works closely with hotel and bus companies during Hurricanes road trips and helps to manage player ticket requests at home and on the road.

Sagester first worked for the Hurricanes as a media relations intern during the 2011-12 season, before joining the team in a part-time role as media relations and social media coordinator in 2012-13. He joined the Washington Capitals full-time in 2013, serving as the Capitals' manager of media relations for four seasons before returning to Raleigh.

A native of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Sagester is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While in school, he gained experience with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Activ8 Communications, the Daily Tar Heel and Tar Heel Monthly, as well as working as a recruiting assistant for UNC's football program.

Pace and his fiancée, Katie, live in Raleigh.

Mike Brown

Communications and Hockey Operations Coordinator

Mike Brown is in his ninth NHL season and his first as communications and hockey operations coordinator for the Carolina Hurricanes. Brown produces the team's game notes, game previews, line charts, news releases and other communications materials. He is the team's primary contact for game credentials and also assists in the promotion of the team in local and national media outlets. Brown also works with the hockey operations department on credential requests for scouting staff, as well as other administrative duties.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Brown spent eight seasons with the Boston Bruins as a member of the communications game night staff and served as a communications intern during the team's Stanley Cup run in 2010-11. He also gained experience working for the New England Sports Network, Hockey East Association and Northeastern University's athletic department.

A native of South Berwick, Maine, Brown graduated from Northeastern University's School of Journalism in 2013. Mike lives in Raleigh.