The Chicago Blackhawks have done a lot of winning with John McDonough as President and CEO of the organization. However, that winning has slipped away in the last 5 years.
Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz released McDonough today in a release that went out to the public. While he was instrumental in turning this organization around when he joined over a decade ago, things have fallen off.
The Blackhawks were facing a tough challenge going into the 2019-20 season, with jobs on the line they had to make the playoffs. With the season on pause due to COVID 19 and the Blackhawks on the outside looking in for a playoff position, this team failed to turn things around again.
McDonough backed general manager Stan Bowman a few years ago when they released Joel Quenneville from head coach of the team. McDonough and company called the move a tweak that had to be made on a team destined to return to the playoffs.
McDonough promised results with the Blackhawks, and they just have not shown them the last few seasons. Maybe now new management can come in and help truly bring about change on this team. For the first time in a long time change is on the horizon for the Blackhawks.
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The Blackhawks are searching for McDonough’s replacement. For now, the team does have Daniel Wirtz filling in the role of president as they search for someone new.
It is still too early to tell, but my best guess will be that Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton will follow John McDonough out the door within the next few weeks as the organization begins to move forward.
The search is on for what is next for the Blackhawks organization, and while we will have a lot more to talk about I want to thank John McDonough for what he did for the Blackhawks. He helped bring the Stanley Cup to Chicago not once but three times.
While he might have fallen off the pedestal these past few seasons with bad decisions, he should be remembered for the good he did as well.