Kyle Davidson sculpts his front office with the trade deadline approaching, making a key hire on Wednesday. Frank Seravalli reports that Norm Maciver is leaving his role as the Director of Player Personnel with the Seattle Kraken to return to the Chicago Blackhawks as Kyle Davidson’s new Associate GM.
According to Seravalli, Maciver will oversee all scouting operations for the Blackhawks and is expected to play a significant role in determining Chicago’s next full-time head coach. This answers the question of who would oversee scouting after Davidson dismissed long-time scouting director Mark Kelley on Friday afternoon.
Details on Maciver's new role and title in CHI:https://t.co/d1UHIBqIyg
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 9, 2022
The Associate GM role is a step up from Maciver’s Assistant GM role under former GM Stan Bowman from 2012 to 2019. Maciver spent 14 years with the Blackhawks and helped them win three Stanley Cup Championships before departing the organization.
It’s been documented that Kyle Davidson and Norm Maciver developed a close working relationship while Davidson was cutting his teeth in various roles in the Blackhawks front office. For those with pause about bringing a Bowman-era executive back into the fold, like Davidson, Norm Maciver’s name was never mentioned once in the Jenner & Block report.
This is an excellent hire for Kyle Davidson, who has clearly wanted to build a front office full of brilliant and respected hockey minds. Maciver is a big one, and this hire coming in advance of the March 21 trade deadline is a strong move for the rookie GM in Chicago.