Hossa, Olczyk and Sharp to aid in Hawks’ GM search
Marian Hossa, Eddie Olczyk and Patrick Sharp volition be part of the advisory group that will assist in Chicago’due south search for a total-time full general director, the Blackhawks appear Monday.
Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz will lead the interview process alongside president of business organisation operations Jaime Faulkner. Mike Forde of Sportsology — the founder of a consulting firm that performs internal assessments for sports teams and helps fill front role vacancies — and his staff volition besides offer their support throughout the procedure.
“Aslope other advisors, we volition use their expertise and industry-leading strategy while looking for our adjacent full general manager,” Wirtz said in a argument. “The perspective this group will provide is instrumental to this process and we are excited to have them assist the society with this important decision.”
Hossa is clearly a respected and trusted figure within the organisation and has stayed plugged into the NHL from afar. He won 3 Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks and was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year on the election.
In June of 2020, Hossa joined the Blackhawks Talk Podcast and said he hopes to be function of the team in some capacity in the time to come. Perhaps this is the first pace towards bringing him on in a more than expanded role with the Original Half dozen franchise, if he’s withal interested.
“I take a strong [connexion] with the Blackhawks,” Hossa said at the time. “I’d love to still be part of it somehow. I miss being at that place right now because it’due south been too long. I haven’t been to Chicago because of this virus, and then looking forwards to coming to Chicago and hopefully one solar day exist office of the team again.”
While information technology’southward a no-brainer to have him on the committee, it’south a little surprising Olczyk didn’t at to the lowest degree become consideration for the GM position, although he would probably be better suited for a caput hockey operations-blazon part.
League sources believe Olczyk could leave the broadcast booth for a front end role position if the right opportunity presented itself, whether that’s in Chicago or somewhere else. He’s interviewed with at least iii different teams in recent years that most notably included the New Jersey Devils, who conducted multiple interviews with Olczyk and had him on their list of finalists for a potential higher-level executive position in the summer of 2020, co-ordinate to sources.
Abrupt is some other proper noun Chicago is plain very familiar with. He spent basically his entire Blackhawks career in a leadership office, serving as the alternate captain for all three Stanley Cup runs in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
After wrapping upward his playing career in 2018, Precipitous worked every bit a studio annotator for NHL on NBC Sports and continues to do the same for the Blackhawks’ pre- and post-game shows on NBC Sports Chicago. He was also hired by the University of Vermont — his alma mater — in the fall of 2021 to serve as an counselor to the coaching staff.
The Blackhawks are expected to brainstorm the interview process this week and it sounds similar they hope to make a final determination in the next few weeks. The programme is to have the full-time general manager in place before the March 21 trade deadline. Interim GM Kyle Davidson is a strong candidate to keep the job.
Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz, CEO Danny Wirtz and president of business concern operations Jaime Faulkner are scheduled to host a townhall-style consequence on Wednesday at half dozen p.thousand. to discuss “the greater vision of the organization moving forward.”
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