The Blackhawks continue to move forward in their search for the next general manager, announcing on Monday afternoon that they’ve tabbed a trio of former Hawks to serve as advisors in the search for that next GM.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 31, 2022
Eddie Olczyk, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp will be assisting CEO Danny Wirtz and President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner, along with a team of other advisors that will conduct the search for the next GM.
Olczyk has an extensive hockey background and is well-regarded around the NHL as one of the best hockey minds in the business. He also has a deep love for the Blackhawks as an organization, so he has a vested interest in seeing this franchise get back to its winning ways. The interesting thing here though is that Olczyk was considered a potential candidate for this job when it became available back in November after the Jenner & Block report findings led to the dismissal of Stan Bowman.
However, Olczyk’s appointment as an advisor in the search ends that concept, which is kind of surprising. Did the Blackhawks let Olczyk know that he wouldn’t be considered for the position right off the bat, kind of like Rick Hahn did with Ozzie Guillen after the White Sox fired Ricky Renteria after the 2020 season? Did Olczyk not have an interest in the job? I would like to find out how that shook out, but regardless, Olczyk is no longer a name to watch in this process.
Perhaps that will come up during the Blackhawks’ upcoming town hall event on February 2.
Blackhawks “Town Hall” Event is Set for February 2https://t.co/ryPaomioVS
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) January 28, 2022