The Carolina Hurricanes this week parted ways with one of the longest-serving employees of the organization.
As first reported by Derek Rowles of WTVD-TV, Hurricanes executive vice president and chief financial officer Mike Amendola, a 34-year employee of the franchise, has left the organization. Chip Alexander of the News and Observer reports that Amendola's replacement is Dennis Moore, who served as the CFO of the OHL Plymouth Whalers and was an employee of Compuware during Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos' leadership of that company.
Amendola, whose tenure with the Hurricanes franchise dates to 1981, two years after the Hartford Whalers joined the NHL, was responsible for all financial matters for Hurricanes Holdings, L.P., the holding company that operates not only the Hurricanes but also the ECHL Florida Everblades and, until its sale this year, the Plymouth Whalers. In addition, Amendola served as an alternate governor, able to represent the club at NHL Board of Governors' meetings when majority owner Peter Karmanos was unavailable. Amendola's other responsibilities, according to the team, included human resources, sales, and information technology.
Amendola served as one of three executive vice presidents in the team's front office, on equal stature with Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis and PNC Arena general manager Dave Olsen, all of whom report to team president Don Waddell. Through a team spokesman, Waddell declined comment on Amendola's departure.
Amendola is the third high-ranking team executive to leave the club in the past two years, following former team president and general manager Jim Rutherford in May 2014 and assistant general manager/executive vice president Jason Karmanos in September 2013.
More on this story as it develops.