Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz rewarded team president John McDonough Monday with a contract extension for his role in reviving the franchise.
Under McDonough, "everyone is working together as one team," Wirtz told the Sun-Times. "He has great empathy for fans, with press, with players and for sponsors. You put all those things together, and he understands that. I've enjoyed working with him."
McDonough was named Hawks president on Nov. 20, 2007. He is currently in the third year of his original deal. His extension runs through 2016.
Known for his marketing wizardry, McDonough brought the Winter Classic to Chicago and started the annual Blackhawks Convention. The Hawks also lead the NHL in attendance.
"I'm very privileged to be a part of the Blackhawks organization," said McDonough, who spent 24 years with the Cubs prior to joining the Hawks. "In many ways, we're just getting started."