The Chicago Blackhawks had a very tough day on Tuesday. So many facts were revealed about the sexual assault allegations that have been there for a while now. The incident happened in 2010 but the facts started coming out this year. One of the fallout was that Stan Bowman is out as the team’s general manager effective immediately. Kyle Davidson is now the interim GM.
It is becoming clear that this news was going to affect other NHL teams but it is also clear now that it will affect the 2022 Winter Olympics. Stan Bowman was the general manager of Team USA but is now out. This was announced on Tuesday night hours after the news started coming down.
Bowman already announced Patrick Kane, Seth Jones, and Auston Matthews as the first three players named to the team but will not be involved with much else as he is done. Hopefully, the American team can find someone who can put together a good team that can compete.
To be honest, from a hockey point of view, this was a strange hire. The Blackhawks have largely been a complete mess in recent memory and it is largely because of the fact that Stan Bowman is a bad general manager. It is a good thing for both teams that he is gone from that point of view as well.
Stan Bowman is no longer with the Chicago Blackhawks or Team USA.
There are some good options to replace him for Team USA. Bill Guerin is the assistant GM and current GM of the Minnesota Wild. He would make perfect sense. There is also someone like Tom Fitzgerald of the New Jersey Devils that would be a really good hire as well. Either way, there are plenty of good candidates to handle this job.
Team USA is going to have a really good team. They have a lot of stellar options to choose from at forward and defense. They should also have some really good goaltending as well which will really help. This shouldn’t be a distraction for any of them as most of them are with their current NHL teams right now anyway.
This was a very tough day for the Blackhawks all around. Their dynasty will forever have this distinction attached to it despite all of the good they did on the ice. All of this is warranted, however, as the team will now try to move forward. We can only hope that things change forever in a lot of ways.