Hawks' chief adds another title

Blackhawks president John McDonough has added CEO to his titles. (Abel Uribe/Tribune)

John McDonough continues to reap the rewards for helping turn the Chicago Blackhawks' franchise around.

The team announced Wednesday the addition of Chief Executive Officer to McDonough's title of Team President.

“John has shown unprecedented leadership, boundless energy and a tireless ability to move the Blackhawks forward since he took over operations for the organization in 2007,” Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. “It is only appropriate that we add CEO to his title as the direction of this franchise continues to strive for excellence.”

McDonough was named president of the Hawks on Nov. 20, 2007. The team has had 146 consecutive capacity crowds at the United Center and has grown a season ticket-holder base from 3,400 to over 14,000. The Hawks have also lead the NHL in average attendance in each of the last three seasons and captured the 2010 Stanley Cup.

"I’m privileged to play a small role in the development of this franchise," McDonough said. "We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made. Obviously, with the fact of winning the Stanley Cup that’s always going to be a big part of our history. We’re going to be looking forward and not behind. We have other challenges going forward.

"The directive here is we have to get better every day. I’m proud of the staff, I’m proud of the job (general manager) Stan Bowman has done with our hockey operations, the job (vice president) Jay Blunk has done with our business operations and obviously the job (coach) Joel Qunneville has done form a coaching standpoint. I’m very, very pleased with that. This is an organization that from top to bottom is never satisfied.

“I feel that our franchise has made steady progress over the past four seasons, but we will always be motivated by our quest for consistent excellence,” McDonough said. “It is an honor to be a part of the Blackhawks franchise and I appreciate the confidence that Rocky Wirtz has demonstrated in me.”    

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