The Chicago Blackhawks provided an update regarding their general manager search on Wednesday afternoon. In a release, CEO Danny Wirtz said the team anticipates making a decision before the NHL's trade deadline on March 21.
"Our next step is to find the right leader, and we will begin to reach out to potential candidates this week to interview for the General Manager role. That position will be the highest-ranking executive in Hockey Operations and will report directly to me," Wirtz said.
Wirtz added that interim general manager Kyle Davidson is among the candidates and remains authorized to make hockey decisions in the meantime. Davidson took over the position in October when Stan Bowman stepped away from the organization following the Jenner & Block findings.
Danny Wirtz and President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner will lead the interview process along with "support and counsel of an advisory group who will offer perspective on the role and those being interviewed."
The Blackhawks plan to announce the advisory committee and search partners in the coming days. The team will also host a townhall-style meeting within the next week to "further explain the greater vision of the Chicago Blackhawks."