“Rocky Wirtz gave me an amazing opportunity to preside over the Chicago Blackhawks 12 1⁄2 years ago,” McDonough’s statement read. “It was the ride of a lifetime. I would like to thank Rocky, the Wirtz family, our staff, the players, the ambassadors and the fans for all they have done for the organization. I will be forever grateful to them and proud of what we accomplished together. Blackhawks fans are so incredibly passionate and loyal and are deserving of a consistent winner.”
The Blackhawks won three Stanley Cup champions under McDonough’s tenure, but haven’t won a playoff series since the 2015 Stanley Cup Final and were poised to miss the playoffs for a third straight season when the NHL paused its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McDonough gave well wishes to Wirtz’s son, Danny who was the vice president of the Blackhawks and will be the team’s interim president during a search for McDonough’s successor. McDonough also said he’s “confident” the Blackhawks will have success in their search.
“My late father used a phrase sparingly but impactfully to describe thoee he found to be the most dignified, respectful and worthy of admiration. He would say they had “class a la mode.” That perfectly describes the Wirtz family and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Good luck. I’ll always be pulling for you.”