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Rick Dudley hired as associate general manager by the Thrashers

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers have hired Rick Dudley, who spent the past five years as an executive with the Chicago Blackhawks, as associate general manager.

Thrashers executive vice president and general manager Don Waddell says the 60-year-old Dudley will oversee scouting and player development for the NHL team.

Dudley was assistant general manager of the Blackhawks for the past two seasons. He joined the Blackhawks in 2004 as a consultant and became director of player personnel in 2005.

Also, Dudley was general manager of the Florida Panthers for two seasons, spent 2 1/2 seasons as senior vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and was general manager of the Ottawa Senators for one year.

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