Blackhawks announce additions to front office staff

The Blackhawks announced the changes this afternoon.

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The offseason work for the Chicago Blackhawks continues as they'll attempt to make changes that will enable them to make a return to the postseason after missing the annual tournament for the past two seasons. And the organization has made some history in terms of their recent personnel moves. 

Per Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff: 

"#Blackhawks announce Meghan Hunter has been promoted to Assistant GM. Karilyn Pilch has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel. Mark Eaton remains as Assistant GM. Brian Campbell’s official title is Advisor, Hockey Operations."

Hunter is now the 4th female assistant NHL general manager in the sport's history. Per TSN, the roles that Hunter, who joined the organization in 2016, will be filling include to "oversee budgeting, team services, contract execution, team security and player services". 

Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson released the following statement shortly after the news was announced: 

“As I said before, this foundation for leadership will help our shared vision for the future become a reality,” said Davidson in a statement. “Our goal is to be best-in-class in all we do and organizing a structure and defining roles behind the scenes is an important step. I have a lot of faith and trust in this leadership team, along with the staff who works under them, and I look forward to working with our entire group to build a successful team on the ice.”

“Meghan and Mark have both been important parts of our operation for a number of years and we are lucky to have them in these important and redeveloped roles,” Davidson added. “Their leadership skills, shared vision with the rest of the leadership team and knowledge of the game gives me plenty of confidence in us achieving our goals.”

Meanwhile, Pilch joined the Blackhawks in 2021 as a Scout of Player Personnel. She also previously served as general manager of the Boston Pride of the Premier Hockey Federation.