Blackhawks finish evaluation of general manager candidates

NHL hockey pucks are viewed before an NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Chicago Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said Thursday the club has now concluded its evaluation of candidates in the search for a new general manager.

The Blackhawks conducted numerous interviews with potential candidates for the vacant position including former Bruins and Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, current Blackhawks interim GM Kyle Davidson, Carolina Hurricanes assistant GM Eric Tulsky and former Montreal Canadiens assistant GM Scott Mellanby. The Blackhawks have also had interest in Toronto Raptors vice president Teresa Resch, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, and Cubs assistant GM Jeff Greenberg as part of the organization indicating it would be interviewing candidates outside of hockey.

Davidson was elevated to the interim role after longtime general manager Stan Bowman resigned in October in the wake of a report by an outside law firm that found the organization mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.

The report also played a role in the departure of Al MacIsaac, another of Chicago’s top hockey executives, and the NHL fined the team $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response.”

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

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