Statement from Marc Bergevin on Rick Dudley leaving the organization

Ruben Hill
May 4, 2018

It had been speculated as a possibility in recent days and on Tuesday, it was made official that executive Rick Dudley is leaving the Habs to join the Hurricanes. Dudley worked under Waddell previously with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Rick Dudley left the Canadiens after six years as general manager Marc Bergevin's primary pro scout/amateur scout/mentor/sounding board/conscience.

Dudley had been with the Canadiens organization since 2012.

Marc Bergevin says that in addition to Carolina, Rick Dudley is talking to a couple of other teams.

Dudley also coached teams at several levels, from winning three ACHL titles in four years with the Winston-Salem-based Carolina Thunderbirds in the 1980s to coaching the Buffalo Sabres for two-plus seasons starting in 1989 and the Florida Panthers for 40 games during the 2003-04 season. "On a more personal level, since I became an amateur scout in 2005, Rick has not only been a valuable advisor and confidant, but also a great friend I could always count on".

"Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our management group", said Tom Dundon, owner, CEO and governor of the Hurricanes.

Before embarking on a managerial career Dudley spent seven seasons in the National Hockey League playing with the Buffalo Sabers and Winnipeg Jets, totaling 174 points in 309 games. "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 victor in Raleigh". He also played in the defunct World Hockey Association for Cincinnati.

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