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Statement From The Chicago Blackhawks On Their Name And Logo

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A Familiar Last Name In The Picture For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In a league in which coaches, general managers and executives are recycled from team to team faster than an aluminum can in a green bin, Blackhawks interim president Danny Wirtz — the son of team chairman Rocky Wirtz — is a wild card.

He has an immediately recognizable surname, but in terms of hockey experience, his résumé is limited — the Hawks’ website describes him as “active advisor . . . for the past decade,” but if so, he has advised in a very behind-the-scenes way.

And in regard to the “old hockey man” description that alarmingly fits so many who hold similar positions around the NHL, Wirtz doesn’t match at all. He’s a mere 43-year-old whose career to date was largely spent in the Wirtz family’s liquor business, not with its hockey franchise.

Yet the Danny Wirtz era of the Hawks has clearly arrived, just as clearly as the John McDonough era has passed.

That much was evident in the comments from general manager Stan Bowman and coach Jeremy Colliton — two who are quite familiar with what has gone down during the Hawks’ highly shrouded spring restructuring — during a Zoom call Thursday.

“I look at this, for me, as an opportunity to learn from Danny — very bright guy, very energetic, he’s got a lot of ideas,” Bowman said. “He’s included me on a lot of things over the last few weeks, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with him.”


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Morning Line- John Dietz On The Chicago Blackhawks

The Hawks are a complicated mess behind the scenes. Big egos are involved and those people don't always work that well together. Losing amplifies all of that, which in the end may have led to McDonough's ousting.

-John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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Afternoon Line- Jim Matheson On Eddie Olczyk

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John McDonough Helped Rebuild The Chicago Blackhawks

from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune,

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz is the rare owner of a Chicago sports team whose popularity has remained intact in spite of his team’s bout with mediocrity....

One reason for his quick acceptance in Chicago was the man he replaced, his father, Bill, happened to be one of the most disliked owners ever, nicknamed “Dollar Bill” for his frugal ways.

To his credit, Rocky immediately rejected the backward business model his father built, putting home games on TV and hiring marketing expert John McDonough away from the Cubs to run the organization.

But after McDonough was abruptly fired as Hawks president without reason Monday, we’ll soon find out whether Rocky’s Teflon image will also bite the dust. After all, McDonough made Wirtz, whether the Hawks chairman cares to admit it or not.

It was McDonough who transformed the Hawks from laughingstock to league power, who brought back iconic players Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito as team ambassadors and who rehired beloved broadcaster Pat Foley after the Hawks had let him go for being too honest about the team.

Before agreeing to become Hawks president, McDonough made it a condition that he would be allowed to rehire Foley.


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The Chicago Blackhawks Release John McDonough From His Role As President And CEO

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell "Rocky" Wirtz announced today the team has released John McDonough from his role as President and CEO of the organization. McDonough was hired as President of the team in 2007. In 2011, the role of CEO was added to his title.

"Thirteen years ago, I recruited John to the Blackhawks because of his leadership, direction and vision. John brought all of that to the table and more. His contributions went well beyond leading the team to three Stanley Cup Championships. He rebuilt the front office and helped guide the organization toward a winning vision," said Wirtz. "As difficult as this is, we believe it was the right decision for the future of the organization and its fans," Wirtz added.

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NBCSN Recognizes International Women’s Day With An All Female Crew For An NHL Game

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 16, 2020 – NBC Sports will utilize an all-female crew to broadcast and produce game coverage of the St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL matchup on March 8 on NBCSN, coinciding with International Women’s Day and marking the first NHL game broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.

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Robin Lehner Deserves A Long-Term Contract Somewhere

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Blackhawks should have a pretty good idea of their playoff chances by the time the trade deadline rolls around Feb. 24. They have a gruelling schedule in February, with all but three of their 14 games away from the United Center. But they’ve actually been a better team on the road than at home this season. Not including tonight’s game, they have 11 more games, eight of them on the road.

So the picture should become a little clearer in the coming weeks. If the Blackhawks are still in playoff contention, there’s no way they even think of trading Lehner. They might not be able to trade him even if they want to make a deal because as enticing as a top-tier goaltender would be for the playoffs, there are precious few teams that are playoff bound that need a goaltender. The Edmonton Oilers, who are getting good, but not great goaltending, are one of those teams. The last time they made a deadline deal to get a goalie was 2006 and it worked out pretty well. They made a deal for Dwayne Roloson, who carried them to the Stanley Cup final and might have won it for them had he not gotten hurt in Game 1 of the final.

Regardless of whether Lehner is dealt by the Blackhawks, it’s impossible to argue that he doesn’t deserve the long-term deal he was seeking from the New York Islanders over the summer. There have been a total of 37 goaltenders in the NHL who have played at least 60 games over the past two seasons and of those goalies, Lehner is second in save percentage to Ben Bishop.


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Video- Chicago Welcomes Back Joel Quenneville




added 9:25pm, Official video below.

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Video- Patrick Kane Now Has 1000 Points In The NHL


Video below.

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