List of Chicago Blackhawks general managers

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The Chicago Blackhawks are an American professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the Central Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The team was first named the "Chicago Black Hawks", until 1986, when spelling found in the original franchise documents spelled the franchise name as the "Chicago Blackhawks", making the team change its name in response.[2] The team is also referred to as the "Hawks".[3] The Blackhawks began their NHL play in the 1926–27 season as an expansion team with the Detroit Cougars and the New York Rangers, and is one of the Original Six teams.[4] The franchise has 6 Stanley Cup championships, most recently winning in the 2014–15 season. Having played in the Chicago Coliseum (1926–1929) and the Chicago Stadium (1929–1994), the Blackhawks have played their home games at the United Center since 1994. The team has had nine general managers since their inception.[5]

For much of the early history of the Chicago Black Hawks, the title of "general manager" did not exist. Much of the work of managing the team operations, player contracts and the like was done by owner Frederic McLaughlin, with Bill Tobin as his assistant. Tobin joined the team in 1926 after a brief playing career as a goaltender. He has been variously named as a ticket taker, stick boy[6] and first general manager by appointment by McLaughlin from that time. Tobin held several titles during his term with the Black Hawks. He coached for two years in the 1930s. On the 1934 Stanley Cup win, Tobin is listed as secretary-treasurer. In 1938, Tobin was named president of the team, and for all practical purposes was general manager from that time forward, although McLaughlin stated at the time that it was a change in title only. After McLaughlin died, Tobin was part-owner and president of the team. The actual title of general manager was created in 1952, and Bill Tobin held the title in addition to the title of vice-president.[6] Even when Tommy Ivan was hired in 1954, his title was manager of hockey operations, including the farm team.[6]

Key[edit]

Key of terms and definitions
Term Definition
No. Number of general managers[a]
Ref(s) References
Does not apply
dagger Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder category

General managers[edit]

General managers of the Chicago Blackhawks
No. Name Appointment Departure Accomplishments and events during this term Ref(s)
1 Frederic McLaughlindagger September 25, 1926 1942 [7]
2 Bill Tobin 1942 July 7, 1954
  • 1 Stanley Cup Finals appearance (1944)
  • 3 playoff appearances
[6]
3 Tommy Ivandagger July 7, 1954 July 6, 1977 [6][8]
4 Bob Pulford July 6, 1977 June 5, 1990 [8][9]
5 Mike Keenan June 5, 1990 November 6, 1992 [9][10]
Bob Pulford November 6, 1992 July 3, 1997
  • 1 division title and 5 playoff appearances
[10][11]
6 Bob Murray July 3, 1997 December 2, 1999
  • 0 playoff appearances
[11][12]
Bob Pulford (Interim) December 2, 1999 September 22, 2000
  • 0 playoff appearances
[12][13]
7 Mike Smith September 22, 2000 October 24, 2003 [13][14]
Bob Pulford October 24, 2003 June 21, 2005
  • 0 playoff appearances
[14][15]
8 Dale Tallon June 21, 2005 July 14, 2009 [15][5]
9 Stan Bowman July 14, 2009
  • Won Stanley Cup 3 times (2010, 2013, 2015)
  • Won Presidents' Trophy (2012–13)
  • 3 conference titles, 3 division titles, and 8 playoff appearances
[5]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of general managers of the franchise. Thus any general manager who has two or more separate terms as general manager is only counted once.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teams". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  2. ^ Diamond, Dan (1991). The Official National Hockey League 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. p. 291. ISBN 0-7710-6727-5
  3. ^ "This Month In Hawks History: June". Chicago Blackhawks. National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Do Original Six teams still matter in the NHL?". ESPN. 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  5. ^ a b c "Blackhawks Promote Stan Bowman To General Manager". Chicago Blackhawks. July 14, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Black Hawks Have New GM". Ottawa Citizen. July 8, 1954. p. 21. 
  7. ^ "The McLaughlin Years – Chicago Blackhawks – History". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Pulford will work Hawks hard". Chicago Tribune. July 7, 1977. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Kiley, Mike (June 6, 1990). "Keenan on own course as new GM". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "SPORTS PEOPLE: HOCKEY; Keenan Quits Hawks". The New York Times. November 7, 1992. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Pulford steps down as Blackhawks GM". UPI. July 3, 1997. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "N.H.L.: ROUNDUP; Vanbiesbrouck Reaches Milestone in a Victory". The New York Times. December 3, 1999. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Smith named Blackhawks GM". CBC News. September 22, 2000. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Hawks fire GM Mike Smith, name Pulford interim replacement". ESPN.com. October 24, 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Blackhawks hire new general manager, who fires old coach". Peninsula Clarion. June 22, 2005. Retrieved July 15, 2015.