BOSTON (CBS) – Ten years ago, fans of the Bruins and Blackhawks had similar complaints about their team’s old-line management.
It was a common sentiment in Chicago that the Blackhawks would never return to glory until the death—that’s right—the death—of owner William Wirtz, who held an iron grip over hockey in the Second City… and his wallet.
Then something happened in 2007: Mr. Wirtz actually died. Longtime number-two son Rocky Wirtz gained control and hired marketing genius John McDonough away from the baseball Cubs as team president. With a new outlook, and a new willingness to spend on player development, the Hawks were on their way.