The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Jeff Greenberg as an associate general manager. Emily Kaplan of ESPN first reported the news. Greenberg previously served as the Chicago Cubs’ assistant general manager. Prior to that role, he held Director of Pro Scouting and Baseball operations, Director of Baseball Operations and Assistant to the General Manager titles on the North Side of town.
Greenberg was one of six candidates the Blackhawks interviewed for their general manager position this winter. Kyle Davidson ultimately won the job, beating out Greenberg, Eric Tulsky, Scott Mellanby, Peter Chiarelli, and Mathieu Darche.
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Upon landing the permanent GM role, Davidson laid out his vision and began assembling his leadership team. First, he filled one associate GM position by bringing back Norm Maciver, who served as the director of personnel for the Seattle Kraken after initially leaving Chicago. Now, Davidson is reeling in the “outsider” perspective by hiring Jeff Greenberg.
“I think he [Greenberg] can help push us into the area a lot of other sports are in right now, streamlining, modernizing and adding sophistication to the decision-making process, that hockey isn’t necessarily at the level of, in my opinion,” Davidson told ESPN.
The Blackhawks indicated they weren’t afraid to think outside the box by interviewing Greenberg, the only GM candidate from outside hockey. And that mindset is exactly what the new hire aims to bring to the Blackhawks’ front office.
“There’s an appetite to bring some of the processes we built in baseball which can help drive decision making — and that will touch everything from scouting to player development to player acquisitions,” Greenberg told ESPN.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ front office “brain trust” will officially be in place when Greenberg assumes his new role at W Madison St. on May 9.
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