Eric Tulsky is in his ninth season with the Hurricanes and his third as assistant general manager. As assistant general manager, Tulsky is involved in all player personnel decisions, oversees pro scouting and the team’s hockey information department, and assists with player contract negotiations, salary cap compliance, and other hockey-related matters. Tulsky previously served as vice president of hockey management and strategy.
Tulsky first joined the Hurricanes organization in 2014 as a hockey analyst, using data to help inform decision-making on personnel decisions, on-ice tactics, draft decisions, and other hockey-related matters. Prior to being named vice president of hockey management and strategy, Tulsky served as manager of hockey analytics.
A Philadelphia native, Tulsky holds a B.A. in chemistry and physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He also conducted a two-year post-doctoral study at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He worked in high-tech industry for 12 years, managing teams of researchers focused on using nanotechnology to solve problems in DNA sequencing, solar energy, displays, and energy storage; he holds 19 U.S. patents.
Darren Yorke is in his 14th season with the Hurricanes, and his third as assistant general manager. As assistant general manager, Yorke is involved in all player personnel decisions, oversees amateur scouting and player development, and is responsible for the team’s draft. Yorke previously served as the team’s director of player personnel.
Yorke first joined the organization in 2009 as video scout, using television broadcasts of professional and amateur games to assist management in personnel decisions and filing reports on players similar to the team’s field scouts. Prior to being named director of player personnel, Yorke served as manager of scouting.
A native of Milton, Ont., Yorke graduated with honors from Brock University in 2008 with a degree in sports management. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, he interned and worked for the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons. Yorke also spent one year with Canadian sports network TSN.
Aaron Schwartz is in his third season with the Hurricanes as director of hockey operations. As director of hockey operations, Schwartz’s responsibilities include player contract negotiations, collective bargaining agreement/salary cap compliance, and other hockey-related matters.
Schwartz has gained experience in hockey as a player, agent and attorney. He joined the Hurricanes from the Seiden Law Group in Chicago, Ill., where he served as an associate attorney for two years. Schwartz previously worked in hockey operations with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals and worked as an agent with Alterno Management in Stockholm, Sweden, for three years.
Schwartz played three years of collegiate hockey at DePaul University before playing professionally for five seasons. Following his playing career, the Deerfield, Ill., native earned his law degree from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Justin Williams is in his third season as the Hurricanes’ special advisor to the general manager.
Williams retired from playing professionally on Oct. 8, 2020. Selected by Philadelphia in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2000 NHL Draft, he recorded 797 points (320g, 477a) in 1,264 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Flyers, Kings and Capitals. Williams was named to the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, and he is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning titles with Carolina in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. He is one of nine players in NHL history to score 100 or more goals and win the Stanley Cup with two different franchises. Williams also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014, awarded to the most valuable player during the playoffs.
In 449 career games with the Hurricanes from 2004-09 and 2017-20, he tallied 316 points (128g, 188a), ranking sixth in team history (since relocation) in goals and assists and eighth in points. Williams was also named the 16th captain in franchise history on Sept. 13, 2018. He played in 162 career NHL playoff games, registering 102 points (41g, 61a). Williams’ 15 points (7g, 8a) in nine career Game 7s are the most career Game 7 points by any player in NHL history, and his teams posted an 8-1 record in Game 7s.
The Cobourg, Ont., native also represented Canada at the 2002, 2004 and 2007 IIHF World Championships, winning gold medals in 2004 and 2007.
Earl Schwartz is in his first season as the Hurricanes’ compliance assistant.
An Ontario native, Schwartz studied Sport Management at Niagara College. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, he was an author at TheLeafsNation.com, where he wrote extensively about NHL trends and developments, particularly related to the salary cap and other mechanisms laid out in the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Zach Abdou is in his second season as the Hurricanes’ hockey operations coordinator. In the role, he focuses on supporting the general manager and assistant general managers in managing the day-to-day activities of the organization.
Abdou previously served as a portfolio management analyst at Truist Securities within the Entertainment Industries Group. A native of Raleigh, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.