Canes add another assistant general manager

calexander@newsobserver.comJune 20, 2014 

— The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that Ricky Olczyk has joined the team as assistant general manager.

Olczyk joins Brian Tatum and Mike Vellucci, who were named assistant general managers in April when Ron Francis was promoted to general manager.

“Rickey has experience as assistant GM in the league and he worked at the PA (NHL Players Association),” Francis said. “He can help me on contracts, on handling the collective bargaining agreement issues. He’s a bright, hard-working guy and a lawyer by trade, as well.”

Olczyk, 44, spent six seasons as assistant general manager with the Edmonton Oilers. The Chicago native joined the Oilers’ hockey operations staff in 2007 as director of hockey administration and legal affairs and was Edmonton’s liaison to the NHL regarding all matters pertaining to the CBA.

He is the younger brother of Eddie Olczyk, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and television analyst for the NHL on NBC.

Before joining the Oilers, Olczyk ran his own legal consulting firm in Chicago for six years, representing players and advising families on academic and professional goals.

A 1992 graduate of Brown University, Olczyk earned a law degree from Cornell Law School in 1996. While at Brown, he played four seasons of Division I hockey and served as the Bears’ captain during his senior year.

Olczyk also captained the United States Under-17 National Team that won the Silver Medal at the 1986 World Cup.

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