Monday, October 08, 2007

Rocky I

Bill Wirtz's oldest son, W. Rockwell (Rocky) Wirtz, will lead the family business including the most high-profile piece of it, the Chicago Blackhawks.
"With Rocky taking over as chairman of the Hawks, he is going to proceed now as if he just bought the team,'' the spokesman said. "He will assess the organization from top to bottom to see what needs to be done to make this a championship team. He had a good meeting with the general manager Dale Tallon today.

"He believes the organization is in good hands, but clearly the team needs to perform better and Rocky is focused on that."
The younger Wirtz has made overtures already about spending more on the team and putting games on television, potentially as soon as next season, all of which is good news for long-suffering 'Hawks fans (if they even exist anymore).

Bob Pulford will remain as the team's senior vice-president, while GM Dale Tallon and the coaching staff isn't going anywhere, so it's hard to say exactly how things will change in the near future. Rocky's a businessman first, and it'll be interesting if his 'spend more' mantra continues even as this team loses money at the gate.

Chicago managed to get nearly 19,000 into the United Center for Saturday's home-opener, which is a good start.



At 10:29 p.m., October 08, 2007, Blogger casualhockey said...

"Rocky's a businessman first...." Ahahahahaha. I'll believe it when I see it.


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