Blackhawks officially name Kyle Davidson general manager

The Chicago Blackhawks made it official by stripping Kyle Davidson’s interim tag and naming him the tenth general manager in team history. Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz released a statement on the hire:

“We have a vision here for the future of Blackhawks hockey and today we are one step closer to that meeting. As an organization, we know we have a lot of work to do on and off the pitch. ice and Kyle is the leader we trust to oversee our hockey operations.

“The thorough process we undertook confirmed much of what we thought we had in Kyle and he is committed to leading and making tough decisions during his interim tenure. He has undoubtedly met all the qualifications that we were looking for, is passionate about the game and represents high character in everything we do.

“I would like to thank Jaime and our advisory board members for their assistance in this process. We had several strong candidates; I am confident that Kyle is the right answer. I look forward to working with him for years to come and I am delighted with what this means for the future of the club.”

Davidson, 33, had served as interim general manager since Stan Bowman left the organization last October following the investigation into sexual assault allegations against former video trainer Brad Aldrich.

While this appointment comes with huge expectations, not just for the on-ice product, but also for the organization’s off-ice structure, accountability and public relations, it’s also an incredible rise for an executive who started as an intern with the Blackhawks. a little over a decade ago.

Davidson joined Chicago as an intern the summer after the 2010 Stanley Cup championship and was hired full-time in the analytics department in 2011. In 2018, he was named assistant general manager.

He now has the daunting task of turning around a once-proud franchise that has suffered countless losses on and off the ice over the past year. Transparency and accountability across the front office will have to come first, but the on-ice product will also require drastic changes if the Blackhawks are to become Stanley Cup contenders again. After the successful acquisitions of Seth Jones and Marc-André Fleury last summer, the team fell apart and is currently 19-27-8 this season with one of the worst goal differentials in the league. .

While the trade deadline will have to be dealt with in the coming weeks, the futures of players like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews also hang in the balance, each set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2022-23 season.

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