by Paul on 08/03/09 at 08:13 PM ET
The Chicago Blackhawks have named Kevin Cheveldayoff Assistant General Manager.
“We are excited to be bringing Kevin on board, his track record at the American Hockey League level is un-matched,” Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Our organization is committed to winning and Kevin is the perfect addition to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup. We are extremely appreciative of the cooperation given to us by the Chicago Wolves, Don Levin and Buddy Meyers during our interview process with Kevin. We have a tremendous amount of respect for their organization.”
Cheveldayoff, 39, spent the previous 12 seasons as the General Manager of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, guiding the franchise to four league championships, which includes the 2008 and 2002 Calder Cups (AHL) and 2000 and 1998 Turner Cups (International Hockey League). Overall, the Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, native has been a part of six league championships during his 15-year management career, which includes two Turner Cups in three seasons as the assistant vice president of hockey operations and assistant coach for the Denver and Utah Grizzlies (1995 and 1996).
“Reaching the National Hockey League has always been a dream of mine and I’m proud to be able to do it as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, an organization that has made major strides over the past two years,” Cheveldayoff said. “I will always be grateful for my time working with the Chicago Wolves, and would especially like to thank Don Levin and Buddy Meyers. The memories and friendships that I have gained over the last 12 years will stay near to my heart always. The Wolves have been more than just a hockey team that I have worked for, they have been like my family. I know that the tradition and the commitment to excellence that begins at the top will continue to guide this organization as it moves forward. I am excited about the opportunity to move from one successful organization to another.”
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