Jamal Mayers Joins The Hawks Front Office

On Monday, the Blackhawks announced that former Chicago forward Jamal Mayers will join the front office as Community Liaison.

From the Blackhawks statement:

“We are proud to welcome Jamal back to the organization in this role. We envision him being a strong asset to the Blackhawks as we continue to focus on the growth of youth hockey. Jamal’s involvement in our local neighborhoods will help to further engrain the Blackhawks brand into our community,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough.

16 thoughts on “Jamal Mayers Joins The Hawks Front Office

  • July 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This is great news and I congratulate Jamal on this appointment. Enjoyed his input on TV.

    By the way……..I lead the Army that wants the # 27 raised to the rafter and retired as a salute to a great Blackhawks , Jeremy Roenick It is time to recognize him in the proper manner. Thank you

  • July 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I agree Johnny. Roenick’s due is long overdue. So is Chelios’ in my humble opinion.

  • July 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Wasn’t there a rumor a while back that Eddie wanted to get back into coaching and JR would replace him next to Pat? What a dream scenario.

  • July 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Now its confirmed by EA that the United Center won´t be in NHL 16. Thats a shame! I am one of many who have tried to contact the United Center. I´ve have tried to contact the front office on the website on Chicago Blackhawks.com.

    But all for nothing it seems like, (theres a little chance to convince the United Center to sign on the waiver/paperwork before NHL 16 realease, in september 15).

    Does anyone else here on the message boards know who I can contact on this issue. Because EA can´t do a thing until the paperwork are signed. The United Center keep ignoring these questions on NHL 16 for ever. And the Chicago Blackhawks (and Bulls) that have a partneship with United Center seem to have little to say to on this.

    This is the latest email I sent to the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks.

    To the Front Office

    I want to start by congratulate Jamal Mayers and welcome him to an new adventure in his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    But there is a issue that for some reason nobody wants to respond to. WHY the united center won´t allow its name in NHL 16!

    This will continue until someone at the united center company or you as co-partner with the bulls do something about this.

    WE WILL NOT GIVE UP! Untill we get an authentic arena and with all banners in the rafters atmosphere.

    This is a little recap from upset fans:


    Is it in or out this year?


    Is that 100%?

    No United Center why???? Is it is cause of 2k still?

    It seems like United has a problem with EA Sports NHL. If you want to blame someone, blame United.
    EA for sure did everything to bring the Cup champs’ Arena in the game.

    Why no united center that doesnt make sense?

    Copyright…or the United Center disliking of the Hawks…

    I believe T F who was there a month or so ago said it wasn’t in at the time. So that is all we have for an answer right now.

    EA has sent out the waivers to the teams and is still getting them back, so if they sign the waiver the United Center is in the game,
    if not it won’t be

    I started this tweet on Twitter:

    @United @UnitedCenter We want the #Blackhawks arena in #NHL16!

    what is the hold up with united center?

    I know for a few years MSG didnt allow their name to be used (only nba 2k could because their naming contract was for multiple years),
    but Newsday (local paper) had an article that while the Garden renovation was being planned and then was being worked on the naming rights for the Garden
    wouldn’t be lent out until the renovation was finished. Now it is obviously.

    Does the name on the ice matter? YES, and I’d like to know why 28 out of 30 arenas (arizona excluded) are authentic and there are one hold out. I know it’s not on EA’s side, but I’m interested to know. I dont believe I’m the only one, but you seem to be getting annoyed over something that doesn’t appear to even interest you….you seem to poorly pick and choose your battles.

    The name on the ice does concern a lot of people because of two reasons. #1: EA advertised heavily about authentic stadiums yet one are holding out. one of which belongs to the best team in hockey, the Hawks.
    It’s more about EA communicating why they can’t get the UC on board. If you advertise something and can’t deliver, at least explain why. #2: Hardcore hockey fans are obsessed with esthetics.
    People want NHL for PC so they can ad realistic ads, gear, masks, etc. into the game. Everyone cares about gameplay but at least making it esthetically pleasing is a MUCH easier fix than fixing glitch goals and poor AI.

    With all that said, it appears Chelsea Dagger will play when the Hawks score a goal in NHL 16. So if they have that, I assume they should have the authentic goal horn.

    Its also not just the name on the ice but the arena model and visual elements. (even the scoreboard). I’d imagine Blackhawks fans who visit the arena frequently would like to feel like they are playing at THEIR arena as opposed to some fake place.

    A, you may have read it on here 100 times. Doesn’t mean that everything you read on the internet is true. But you probably know this. It’s never been explained by anyone directly from the EA Dev team.
    Random posters on here have stated things like “the 2K series has the rights to the United Center” or “the application wasn’t submitted on time” or something to that nature. Here’s what I heard thru people
    I know in the team’s front office. It came down to United merging with Continental Airlines. The “United Center” was approved but the new United Logo was not. EA wasn’t going to put the words United Center on there without the approved logo I assume. But beyond that, the specifics remain a mystery. And yes, they don’t need to come over to my house to tell me why. But when hundreds,
    if not thousands, of people are messaging the Devs or posting it on the “Ask EA Forum” and they simply ignore the question, then yes, we feel like they are dodging us. In your story, think of 5 people asking you how your day was, etc….
    guess what? Tell one guy that my day is great and everyone else will get the message. The only reason we keep asking is because they keep ignoring the question. If this isn’t an issue to you and you don’t care then why bother complaining about it. I love the Hawks. I’m a season ticket holder. I want my favorite teams stadium in the damn game. You don’t have to get that or like that.
    But face it. The Hawks are a MAJOR market team, an original 6 team, and a 3 time cup champion in 6 years. Even casual fans care about the Hawks being authentic in this game.

    You heard it first from the many fans out there in the world. Come on now, try to persuade the united center to allow EA to use its name and arena likeness in NHL 16 video game. They have already done so for NBA Live 15 video game.

    Here are link on a demo on how it would look on the ice if the united center were in NHL 16:


    MR Rocky Wirtz

    MR John Mcdonough

    Mr Jay Blunk

    make this request come thru to us fans that love hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks!

  • July 28, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Hey Eric, stop clogging up every thread and every message board with your gamer goof nonsense, get over it.

  • July 28, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hof….no kidding. I am way way way more concerned with the roster than what EA does with its gaming platform.

    Congrats to Mayers. He was a leader that knew his place in the locker room and on the ice. I am sure he will bring that attitude with him to his new job. What I love most is the guy was in STL for years. He is from Toronto and played for the Leafs as well as the Flames and Sharks…….spends 18 months in Chicago and wants to be a Hawk for life. Love it.

    Agree that it is time to recognize Roenick’s time in Chicago. Although he only spent 8 years here, that is longer than he played for any other team. Secondly, he didn’t leave, he was, for all intensive purposes, forced out.

  • July 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

    While Roenick was a great Hawk, no player’s number deserves to be retired before Larmer.

  • July 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Great point Mark. Grandpa had one of the best one timers in the game. I had seasons for his entire career in Chicago the guy was great and then when 18 20 and 28 stepped on the ice you could feel the electricity in the Old barn build up.

  • July 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

    What does Eric and Rufus have in common? They make replies that have nothing to do with the topic.

  • July 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

    And I agree. Larmer needs to go up there before Roenick.

  • July 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    A. Big fan of Roenick but no to his number retired. That is borderline silly.

    B. Fuck Chelios. Let Detroit hang is number at Joe Louis where it belongs.

  • July 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Congrats to Jamal. Class act for the league. Smart guy too.

  • July 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks Eric. Needed that….again.

  • July 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Think this is great for the Hawks, great for Jamal, and even greater for youth hockey in the area.
    By the way, i agree with the Larmer talk!!

  • July 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Rufus, read Chris Chelios’ book and then you will understand his situation at the time he left Chicago. I felt just like you and then I read his book. It changed my entire attitude about him.

    Then go read Darrin McCardy’s book. What an honest and stand up guy he is in his after hockey life.

  • July 31, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Great for Jammer

    NO to Roenick…he’s a pud IMO. Same for Chelios.

    Absolutely YES for Larmer.

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