Kyle Davidson Is Already Making Changes in the Blackhawks Front Office

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Kyle Davidson Is Already Making Changes in the Blackhawks Front Office

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Kyle Davidson said that “everything has been under evaluation” since he took the interim job a few months ago, so it’s no surprise that he already has an idea of who he wants (and doesn’t) in his front office. This afternoon Davidson made his first moves, dismissing Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley and Assistant GM Ryan Stewart.

As Elliotte Friedman cites in his report, Kelley and Stewart were long-tenured members of the organization, having spent the last 15 years with the Blackhawks. This afternoon, Mark Kelley released a statement thanking Rocky Wirtz and wishing the Blackhawks organization luck moving forward. Kelley and Stewart were both a part of all three Stanley Cup Championships during the One Goal era.

Ben Pope of the Chicago received confirmation from the Blackhawks that the two long-time execs were dismissed today and reported that Mike Donaghey would oversee the Hawks’ amateur scouting on an interim basis and the Hawks’ pro scouts will report directly to Kyle Davidson.

Kyle Davidson promised sweeping changes on and off the ice earlier this week. What says change like ousting two of the longest-tenured members of the Blackhawks front office within days of being hired as the permanent GM? There’s still a long way to go and much work to be done, but this is a promising start.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.