‘Canes assistant GM Vellucci to coach AHL affiliate

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Mike Vellucci will wear a pair of hats for Carolina next season.

Vellucci, who’s been GM Ron Francis’ assistant for the last three years, will take over head coaching duties for the club’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte. Vellucci inherits the gig from Ulf Samuelsson, who accepted an assistant coaching gig with the Blackhawks.

“Mike has more than 20 years of coaching experience, including more than 800 games as a head coach in the Ontario League,” Francis said in a release. “He is excited to get back behind the bench and we appreciate his willingness to take on this additional responsibility.”

Carolina confirmed Vellucci would continue to serve in his role as AGM, along with Rick Olczyk and Brian Tatum.

With today’s move, Vellucci becomes the fourth different coach Charlotte has had in four years. Jeff Daniels had the gig in ’14-15, only to be replaced by Mark Morris in ’15-16. Morris was replaced by Samuelsson last season.