Eddie Olczyk The Next Blackhawks President?

Published April 29, 2020 at 9:53 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks and Rocky Wirtz took a bit of a gamble when they brought in John McDonough to be president. It worked out as the Blackhawks became successful both on and off the ice during his time at the top of the Hawks'. It's going to be some big shoes to fill regardless of how McDonough's tenure ended in Chicago. One name that would definitely make some fans happy is current Blackhawks' TV analyst and former player Eddie Olczyk. Scott Powers and Mark Lazerus of The Athletic believe he should be near the top of the list and here's why:"One name that's been surfacing a lot lately is Olczyk, the Blackhawks' and NBC's lead TV analyst. One league source said «three or four» teams have had at least preliminary discussions with Olczyk about high-end hockey-ops positions, and it's hard to imagine Olczyk wouldn't want a crack at running his hometown team. He's as well connected around the league as anyone, knows every team inside and out, and is a beloved local hero and Blackhawks alumnus. His foray into coaching, in Pittsburgh in the early 2000s, didn't work out for a number of reasons, but it's believed that he's had his eye on a GM-type gig for a while now. "Would you like to see Olczyk become president of the Hawks or would you like to see somebody with more experience?

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