During his fourth day on the job full-time, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson is beginning to make significant changes to the front office. The team parted ways with VP of amateur scouting Mark Kelley and assistant GM Ryan Stewart today, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Kelley joined the Blackhawks as a scout in 2006 and became the director of amateur scouting in 2008. Prior to his time in Chicago, he was a scout for the Quebec Nordiques (1988-1994) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1995-2006).
Ryan Stewart entered the Blackhawks organization as a video coach in 2006. He was an assistant coach in 2007-08 before becoming a scout in 2008. Stewart served as the director of professional scouting from 2012-2019. After one year as the director of player development (2018-19), he became an assistant GM in July 2020.
Clearing out two longtime front-office members is a big move for Kyle Davidson. During his introductory remarks, the Blackhawks’ new GM emphasized surrounding himself with a leadership team that will help him make the best decisions for the organization going forward.
Those structural changes are underway, as Blackhawks’ pro scouts will now report directly to Davidson. As for amateur scouting, Mike Donaghey will take over on an interim basis now that Mark Kelley is gone.
More changes are surely on the horizon as Davidson organizes his personnel.
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