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Blackhawks Fire John McDonough, President Since ’07 – The Chicago Blackhawks released president and CEO John McDonough, the team announced on Monday. McDonough was hired Blackhawks in 2007 and was seen as a major architect of the Blackhawks Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Before that, the team hadn’t won a Cup since 1961.  McDonough came to the Blackhawks after spending 24 years with the Chicago Cubs, including as the team president.  “Thirteen years ago, I recruited John to the Blackhawks because of his leadership, direction and vision,” Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. “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. As difficult as this is, we believe it was the right decision for the future of the organization and its fans.” Rocky Wirtz’s son Daniel, who currently serves as VP of the Blackhawks, will be the interim president. In a statement, the Blackhawks said that ownership is “committed to ensuring strong executive leadership” and will immediately begin a search for a new president. McDonough oversaw a lot of the business operations, including partnerships, marketing and the fan experience. McDonough was instrumental in getting all 82 of the team’s schedule on television — something that did not exist in the previous regime — and also created the popular Blackhawks Convention, which happens every summer. Within two years of McDonough’s hiring, the Blackhawks jumped from 118th to 21st in ESPN The Magazine’s Ultimate Standings. Under McDonough’s leadership the team also brought back Hall of Famers Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita as team ambassadors. (ESPN)

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