New GM Rick Dudley Will Build Atlanta Thrashers In His Own Image

June 29th, 2010 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »

New Atlanta Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley has been preparing for his new position for quite a while.

For over a decade, Dudley has picked up considerable seasoning during stints as a player,  coach,  assistant general manager, and general manager.

According the  Thrashers' official website, as a general manager he has led his teams to the league finals eight times and won four championships in the American Hockey League, IHL and ECHL.

Dudley also has a lengthy and successful record as a head coach in both the NHL and minor leagues, earning a lifetime record of 592-321-105. He spent two-and-a-half seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres from 1989-90 to 1991-92, posting an 85-72-31 record while leading the team to the playoffs twice. During the 2003-04 season, he spent 40 games behind the bench of the Florida Panthers, earning a 13-15-9-3 record.

He also served as head coach of the Detroit Vipers (1994-95 to 199 ...

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