The Chicago Blackhawks have announced a reorganization at the very top of their front office, naming Danny Wirtz CEO, hiring Jaime Faulkner as President of Business Operations, and elevating Stan Bowman to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. These moves follow the removal of John McDonough earlier this year, after which Wirtz served for a time as interim president.
Bowman will continue to oversee the entire hockey operations department and serve as general manager, while Faulkner will take over the business side and focus on fan experience. She will also represent the Blackhawks as an alternate governor. Wirtz explained exactly why he sees the two as a good pair to lead the Blackhawks:
Jaime and Stan bring a modern leadership style that embodies the approach needed to evolve in these dynamic times, continuing to elevate the Blackhawks to elite levels on and off the ice. I look forward to partnering with them and watching them work together with our on and off ice teams to achieve our collective goals. Both with backgrounds in data and analytics, Jaime and Stan are a dynamic duo whose partnership will trickle down to everything in our organization from on-ice hockey strategy to the fan experience at the United Center and beyond.
McDonough, who had served as president for the Blackhawks since 2007, was released in April. At the time, questions were raised about the future of Bowman, who had been hired by McDonough in 2009 and backed even when the Blackhawks’ on-ice performance started to waver. With this new appointment, it seems as though Wirtz—who happens to be the son of team owner Rocky Wirtz—has continued confidence in Bowman as the leader of the team’s hockey operations.