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Dudley joins Thrashers' front office

Updated: June 22, 2009, 6:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Atlanta Thrashers announced Monday the hiring of veteran hockey executive Rick Dudley as associate general manager.

Dudley, 60, resigned his job as assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. The former Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers GM was instrumental in helping Chicago GM Dale Tallon rebuild the young Blackhawks team that reached the Western Conference finals this spring.

In Atlanta, Dudley will work alongside longtime Thrashers GM Don Waddell.

Waddell ...

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