When Rocky Wirtz took over for the Blackhawks in 2007, it was his goal to do what was best for the organization.
Eight years and three Stanley Cups later, I think we can say he's doing a pretty remarkable job. Even he is surprised to see how successful the team has been.
Rocky Wirtz after @thekapman asked if he ever could have seen this success coming: "I'd have thought you were drinking"
— Kap & Haugh (@KapandHaugh) July 23, 2015
"I think that you have people that would be fringe fans are now beginning to be fanatics. You talk to people in the elevator, you see people on the streets, you drive around. People give you the thumbs up. The recognition for the team and the organization has just grown," said Wirtz on Kap and Haugh Show Thursday. "(2010) was big, obviously the first time in 49 years. (2013) was big. But I just think (2015) and having it be at home really had it explode."
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Similar to the 2010 offseason, the Blackhawks had to make some moves this summer because of the salary cap. Some trades were expected while others weren't.
Regardless, Wirtz understands that the moves had to be made, but admits it wasn't easy to see guys like Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad go.
"It's the business. It's the hard cap. These are very tough things," said Wirtz. "Unfortunately you got to put your emotions aside, but when you put your head in the pillow at night, you really are sorry to see these two quality individuals go."
See what else Wirtz had to say on Kap and Haugh in the video above and videos below.