The Chicago Blackhawks continued their general manager search by interviewing Mathieu Darche on Wednesday. He becomes the sixth candidate to interview for the position.
Mathieu Darche currently serves as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a position he has held since May 2019. His duties are wide-ranging, as he assists in player personnel decisions, analytics, player development, contract preparation and negotiation, budgeting, scheduling, and cap tracking.
Darche clearly has experience under his belt — and winning experience at that. The Lightning have won the Stanley Cup in two of three seasons (2020, 2021) since he joined the organization.
Prior to entering an NHL front office, Darche was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Delmar International. He also spent five years on the board of the Ronald McDonald House and worked as a hockey TV analyst for RDS in Canada for six years.
Darche has on-ice experience as well. He recorded 72 points in 250 NHL games across nine seasons for the Blue Jackets, Predators, Sharks, Lightning, and Canadiens before retiring in 2013.
State of the Blackhawks GM Search
Prior to interviewing Darche, the Blackhawks sat down with five other candidates.
- Kyle Davidson, current Chicago Blackhawks Interim GM
- Eric Tulsky, current Carolina Hurricanes Assistant GM
- Scott Mellanby, former Montreal Canadiens Assistant GM
- Peter Chiarelli, current St. Louis Blues Vice President of Hockey Operations
- Jeff Greenberg, current Chicago Cubs Assistant GM
Before the interview process started, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said the team aims to hire a permanent general manager before the NHL’s March 21 trade deadline.
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