Blackhawks choose Kyle Davidson to be next general manager

Chicago Blackhawks' Calvin de Haan, centre and Jonathan Toews congratulate goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for his 500th career NHL win after shutting out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in NHL hockey action in Montreal on Thursday, December 9, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

The Chicago Blackhawks are hiring Kyle Davidson to be the team's next general manager, Sportsnet can confirm.

Davidson is currently the interim general manager, having been in the role since longtime general manager Stan Bowman resigned in October in the wake of a report by an outside law firm that found the Blackhawks mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player, now known to be Kyle Beach, during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.

Davidson has been with the organization since 2010 when he was brought on as an intern in the hockey operations department. He becomes the youngest Blackhawks general manager ever, and just the 10th in franchise history.

Davidson has already overseen significant changes to the organization, having fired head coach Jeremy Colliton earlier this season and bringing in Rockford IceHogs head coach Derek King as a replacement on an interim basis.

The Blackhawks conducted an extensive interview process for its vacant position, interviewing a wide-ranging list of candidates, including: Davidson, former Bruins and Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, Hurricanes assistant GM Eric Tulsky, former Canadiens assistant GM Scott Mellanby and Lightning director of hockey operation Mathieu Darche. The Blackhawks also had interest in Toronto Raptors vice president Teresa Resch, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, and Cubs assistant GM Jeff Greenberg, with the organization making an emphasis to speak to candidates outside of hockey.

Former Blackhawks forwards Eddie Olczyk, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp assisted the team in its GM search.

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