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The “Other News” From Last Night’s Blackhawks Town Hall

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The headlines from last night’s Blackhawks Town Hall event were rightfully focused on Rocky Wirtz and his outbursts towards Mark Lazerus and Phil Thompson when asked about the fallout from the Kyle Beach and “John Doe 2” lawsuits and the team’s new “dedication” to “transparency.” But we learned other bits of information before the event went off the rails that we’re worth noting. Coming from team CEO Danny Wirtz and President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner, here are some highlights from an otherwise low-point night for the organization.

It appears some changes will be made to purchasing season tickets and their perks. Although I’d bet, more season tickets are being canceled than are being newly purchased right now.

One of the biggest storylines outside of the team has been with the TV broadcast this season. A revolving door of both play-by-play and color commentary talent has interrupted what is supposed to be Pat Foley’s final season as the TV voice of the Blackhawks. Not to mention, Eddie Olczyk’s contract with NBC Sports Chicago is also up at the end of the year. Many believe that Foley is being “forced” out of his position, but Faulkner said that is not the case.

When it comes to Foley’s replacement, Faulkner said the team was close to making their decision and that Foley’s role with the organization will not be invisible after this season, which is good news for a legendary figure like him.

The event was supposed to highlight the organization’s future as it pertains to hiring a new General Manager. When that actual topic was covered, we learned why the new role of the GM would be all-encompassing, rather than having to answer to a President of Hockey Operations.

So while the GM will have complete control over the team from a hockey operations standpoint, they will also bear the brunt of the failures on the ice, should there be any (there will be). As far as a rebuild goes, nothing is off the table.

My most sincere “good luck” to whoever is named the new GM of the Blackhawks. You’re going to need it.


Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.