Blackhawks Name Smith Manager
Dec. 12, 1999
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Blackhawks chose Mike Smith as their manager of hockey operations Sunday, the latest move in the struggling team's overhaul.
Smith, 54, is a former general manager with the Winnipeg Jets and associate GM with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He worked as consultant with the Blackhawks from 1995 to 1997 under Bob Pulford.
Smith will have general manager powers and be in charge of evaluating talent, signing free agents, drafting and trading.
Pulford last week was called out of semi-retirement as a senior vice president to take over as general manager and head coach. GM Bob Murray was fired and head coach Lorne Molleken demoted to associate coach.
The Hawks are 2-3 since the overhaul and 7-18-4 overall before Sunday night's game against Calgary. They have missed the playoffs the last two seasons.
Smith had been operating a consulting business for NHL clients since leaving Toronto at the end of last season.