On Monday, the Blackhawks relieved John McDonough of his duties as president and CEO of the franchise. McDonough had served as president of the Hawks since 2007 and added the title of CEO in 2011. Owner Rocky Wirtz named his son Daniel as the team's interim president as they search for a new leader.
On Tuesday, McDonough released the following statement to Hawks fans through the organization:
Dear Blackhawks Family and Fans,
Rocky Wirtz gave me an amazing opportunity to preside over the Chicago Blackhawks 12 ½ years ago. It was the ride of a lifetime. I would like to thank Rocky, the Wirtz family, our staff, the players, the ambassadors and the fans for all they have done for the organization. I will be forever grateful to them and proud of what we accomplished together. Blackhawks fans are so incredibly passionate and loyal and are deserving of a consistent winner.
I wish Danny Wirtz well in his new role, and I am confident the organization will have success in the search for a new President.
My late father used a phrase sparingly but impactfully to describe those he found to be the most dignified, respectful and worthy of admiration. He would say they had "class à la mode." That perfectly describes the Wirtz family and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Good luck. I'll always be pulling for you.
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