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Hurricanes name longtime NHL exec Rick Dudley senior VP of hockey operations

The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday announced the hiring of Rick Dudley as senior vice-president of hockey operations, one day after ex-general manager Ron Francis was fired and pro scout/adviser Joe Nieuwendyk resigned.

Toronto native served in similar role with Canadiens in recent seasons

The Hurricanes on Tuesday announced the hiring of longtime NHL executive Rick Dudley as senior vice-president of hockey operations. The 69-year-old Toronto native had served in a similar role with the Canadiens in recent years. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/File)

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Rick Dudley as senior vice-president of hockey operations.

The move came a day after the Hurricanes fired former general manager Ron Francis after four years on the job and saw pro scout and adviser Joe Nieuwendyk resign.

The Hurricanes have yet to name a new GM.

"Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our management group," Tom Dundon, the Hurricanes owner and CEO, said in a statement. "He has been a part of building championship teams on every level of professional hockey, and will play an important role in helping us build a winner in Raleigh."

Dudley, 69, was serving in a similar job title under GM Marc Bergevin with the Montreal Canadiens. Bergevin said Dudley will not be replaced in the Canadiens management group.

"I would like to thank Rick Dudley for his contributions to the Canadiens organization over the last six years," Bergevin said in a statement. "His vast hockey knowledge and extensive experience have been key assets to our team.

45 years of experience

"On a more personal level, since I became an amateur scout in 2005, Rick has not only been a valuable adviser and confidant, but also a great friend I could always count on."

Dudley, a Toronto native, has been involved in hockey for 45 years as a player, coach and executive.

He has also worked in management roles with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers,

Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators and coached the Buffalo Sabres from 1989 to 1991.

As a player, Dudley had 75 goals and 174 points in 309 NHL games with Buffalo and Winnipeg. He also played in the defunct World Hockey Association for Cincinnati.

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