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 says the 60-year-old Dudley will oversee scouting and player development for the NHL team.

"He has had noted success at all levels as a player, coach and general manager, and his nearly 40 years of professional experience will certainly prove beneficial to our organization. His ability to both evaluate and develop talent is evident in the remarkable turnarounds made by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, both with players acquired during Rick's tenure," Waddell said in a statement.

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.