Jim Rutherford, President of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that he will step down from his position as General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, a position he had held since 1994 with the Hartford Whalers.
Jim Rutherford will still hold his position as President of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ron Francis has been promoted to General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. He has been a member of the Carolina Hurricanes’ front office since 2006 when he was hired as the team’s director of player development. He was then promoted to Assistant General Manager in October of 2007 before he returned to ice level as an associate head coach to Paul Maurice in December of 2008. He returned to a full-time spot in the front office in the summer of 2011 as the director of hockey operations. He was the vice president of hockey operations prior to being promoted to General Manager.
On top of Ron Francis’ promotion, Mike Vellucci, former General Manager and Head Coach of the Plymouth Whalers, will take the role of Assistant General Manager and Director of hockey Operations.
Ron Francis said he would evaluate the coaching staff and make necessary adjustments, if needed, in the near future. Peter Karmanos Jr., majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, said that he would leave that decision in the hands of Francis, even though he said that he liked the current coaching staff late in the regular season.
Peter Karmanos had good things to say about Jim Rutherford’s time as General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes.
“Based on Jim’s decision to step down as GM, now is a good time to go in a new direction. Ron has dedicated himself to learning all aspects of running a hockey team in the past eight years, working in player development, on the coaching staff and in hockey operations. He has proven that he has the work ethic and passion to get the Hurricanes back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I am happy that Jim will retain a role with our team, and I thank him for his 20 years as our general manager. He leaves quite a legacy with our organization, bringing the team three divisional championships, two conference titles and the Stanley Cup.”
The official team release can be found here.