As the Chicago Blackhawks work toward hiring a general manager, the organization has enlisted the help of an advisory committee. Former Blackhawks players Marian Hossa, Eddie Olczyk, and Patrick Sharp will be part of the group. The team is also working with Mike Forde of Sportsology, a company that advises sports franchises on talent management.
"Alongside other advisors, we will use their expertise and industry-leading strategy while looking for our next general manager. The perspective this group will provide is instrumental to this process and we are excited to have them assist the club with this important decision," Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said of the advisory team in a release.
This development is the latest update in a series of statements regarding the Blackhawks GM search.
On Jan. 26, Wirtz laid out initial plans and said the team aims to hire a permanent GM before the NHL's trade deadline on March 21. The Blackhawks CEO also specified that he and President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner will lead the interview process along with support from the advisory committee.
The public now knows the main players on the aforementioned advisory committee. Marian Hossa, Eddie Olczyk, and Patrick Sharp are familiar names that should inspire confidence in the Blackhawks' ability to find the right person for the GM job.
Moving forward, more details should become available. The Blackhawks also called a townhall-style meeting for Feb. 2 before the team hosts the Minnesota Wild. That meeting will provide an update "on the greater vision of the Chicago Blackhawks."