Blackhawks Quietly Make Significant Changes to Off-Ice Leadership

Things have been quiet at the Blackhawks with regards to organizational changes this summer. But over the past few weeks, changes have been happening.

Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith are no longer part of the organization.

Neither is Jay Blunk. He had been the Blackhawks’ executive vice president of business operations, joining the organization 13 years ago with John McDonough. He is reportedly moving on to work in the college NIL space.

Pete Hassen, who had been with the organization for 16 years and was most recently the vice president of marketing, left the Blackhawks earlier this summer.

James Gary, who was the Blackhawks’ mental skills coach for more than a decade, retired at the end of last season. His name has been prominently mentioned in the pending lawsuit(s).

And Marie Sutera, who was the vice president of human resources, left with the Blackhawks after 13 years as well.

7 thoughts on “Blackhawks Quietly Make Significant Changes to Off-Ice Leadership

  • September 2, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Was Stan overlooked for a departing package? Why is he still there and what about the coach? Really, these 2 guys need to be replaced ASAP

  • September 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Regarding all the departures,this is all about running a corporation ! Everyone forgets that this 100’s of millions of dollars of revenue and people come and go ! Sometimes change works and sometimes it doesn’t ! Sometimes a player leaves and then the club looks around the room at Christmas and they wish he was still there ! Sometimes it happens in the front office ! That’s Life ! Pops 4

  • September 2, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    No surprise regarding Gary and Sutera and you can probably add McD to the list of those pushed out because of the scandal

  • September 2, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when these decisions and by whom were made. Last time I checked 2 weeks ago, Gary was still on the Staff Directory. Now he’s not. Wonder if another announcement will be made in a couple of weeks regarding something else that’s been in the news.

  • September 2, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I’m glad I don’t have to hear the name Jay Blunk any more because “Jay Blunk” is a stupid sounding name and yes, I realize that’s a stupid reason for me to be glad he’s gone but – so what – I’m glad I don’t have to hear that name anymore. So there’s that.

  • September 2, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I thought hawks said Scotty Bowman was still part of organization? Can’t believe Stan wasn’t part, I’m sure he was part of sweeping scandal under rug.

  • September 3, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Hopefully John Miller is still on the Board. Having a proven successful business background with proven results is not overlooked.

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