John McDonough

Why Patrick Kane's relationship with John McDonough was 'a little bit different'

Why Patrick Kane's relationship with John McDonough was 'a little bit different'

One of the big topics from Thursday's Zoom video conference call held by the Blackhawks was the firing of former team President and CEO John McDonough, who was released in late April during the NHL pause. McDonough was with the organization for 13 years.

“First off, I think it was surprising,” three-time Stanley Cup champ Patrick Kane said on the call. “But John is an amazing man and did so much for the organization. I think our relationship was maybe a little bit different than others. He had some tough conversations with me, for sure, and I think that only helped me become a better player, a better person, to kind of mature a little bit faster than maybe I would have.

“But one thing about John just talking to him, he always had your best interests at heart. Whether he was tough on you or not, he wanted the best for the person you were or not specifically the athlete or the hockey player. A lot of respect for him. Called him, talked to him, kind of thanked him for everything he did for me personally and the organization.”

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Hawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman remembered McDonough's work with the franchise and the role he played in Bowman's career fondly as well.

“John was in a lot of ways a mentor for me,” Bowman said. “I learned so much from him over the years. He gave me the opportunity to take this role. I think I’ll always be appreciative of that. Over the years got a chance to work closely with him. He’s a very bright guy, learned so many things. He was a great support for myself, and I think he did a lot of great things for the organization. I thank him from that perspective.”

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Front office update, 'Last Dance' documentary

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Front office update, 'Last Dance' documentary

Pat Boyle is joined by Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic to discuss what steps the Blackhawks are taking to evaluate their front office and what the timeline looks like for them to fill the role left by John McDonough.

Later, the crew answers what would a "Last Dance" documentary on the Blackhawks look like.

(1:20) - Status update on the Blackhawks' movement in the front office

(6:10) - How will the Hawks handle the NHL draft?

(13:06) - What would a "Last Dance" documentary on the Hawks look like?

(19:15) - Comparisons between the Blackhawks and the Last Dance Bulls

(25:45) - What behind the scenes moment would you want to see in a documentary?

(31:00) - Should the NHL be looking to do a documentary on the Blackhawks?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Why Blackhawks' search for John McDonough's replacement will be long process

Why Blackhawks' search for John McDonough's replacement will be long process

After the Blackhawks announced the release of president and CEO John McDonough two weeks ago, many thought the process to find a replacement would be a swift one with the potential of an early NHL Draft looming. Turns out that may not be the case at all.

As revealed on the latest edition of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle has learned that the Blackhawks are in an “internal evaluation mode right now and it’s been going on for a couple of weeks.”

Interim president Danny Wirtz — son of Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz — is “looking at every facet of the organization” and “while this internal evaluation is ongoing, it sounds to me like the current hockey ops group, led by Stan Bowman, is going to handle the upcoming NHL Draft, whenever that draft is,” Boyle said. 

This could come as a bit of a surprise, but makes sense considering the leg-work that Bowman and his scouting staff have already done on this year’s draft class. Combine that with the uncertainty of when the NHL might resume, and a longer process in finding McDonough’s replacement adds up. 

“I don’t believe a new president will be named over the next three months, and could stay like this for up to six months,” Boyle said. “Again, I say this and preface it with — we saw how the McDonough decision came down, things changed over a five- or six-week period there after Rocky gave the front office an endorsement, including McDonough. So when this decision is made, expect things to happen very rapidly.” 

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