Blackhawks fire president, demand change of course


CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks fired president and chief executive officer John McDonough on Monday.

McDonough, who is replaced on an acting basis by Danny Wirtz, was named president of the Blackhawks in 2007 after 24 years with the Chicago Cubs. He was their CEO since 2011.

Blackhawks won Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015) during McDonough’s tenure and sold a team record of 531 consecutive home games before the NHL season ended March 12 in because of concerns about the coronavirus.

“Thirteen years ago, I recruited John to the Blackhawks because of his leadership, direction and vision,” said Blackhawks president Rocky Wirtz in a statement. “John brought it all to the table and more. His contributions have gone far beyond leading the team to three Stanley Cup championships. He rebuilt the front office and helped guide the organization toward a winning vision. As difficult as it is, we think it was the right decision for the future of the organization and its fans. “

Wirtz said the coronavirus pandemic and the League break have reassessed the future and direction of the Blackhawks. Chicago (32-30-8) is six points behind the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks for the second joker of the Western Conference and risks missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

“While we can reassure our fans that there will be hockey again, no one knows what it will look like. What we do know is that it will take a new mindset to successfully transition the organization in order to win both on and off the ice, “Wirtz told me.

Danny Wirtz has worked for the Blackhawks as Vice-President and Alternate Governor.

“I cannot adequately express my family’s appreciation to John for his contribution to the recovery of the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization,” he said. “I take on this acting role with the utmost responsibility to the team and will focus on resetting the framework for the next generation of the Chicago Blackhawks. I look forward to working with Rocky to identify our next leader. “


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