After making significant front-office changes in his first week as Chicago's permanent general manager, Kyle Davidson is beginning to put his own stamp on the management staff and a familiar face will be returning to the organization as part of the makeover.
The Blackhawks announced Wednesday morning that Norm Maciver has been hired as an associate GM. He brings a much-needed experienced voice and set of eyes to assist on a team that's preparing for a rebuild.
"Bringing in Norm is the first of many hires we plan to make as we restructure our hockey operations," Davidson said in a statement. "I think it is important in this new hockey operations department to balance strong knowledge in hockey with new and innovative thinking. Norm brings that institutional knowledge and is one of the best talent evaluators in the business — pushing the boundaries on new methods and techniques that we need here at the Blackhawks.
"Norm has been a big help to me throughout my career personally, but he also isn’t afraid to share his opinion and that is something that I respect most about him. He’s a great first step in building this out."
Maciver was hired by the Blackhawks in 2006 to be the director of player development and climbed the ranks to assistant GM ahead of the 2012-13 season. He was demoted by the old regime to vice president of player personnel in July of 2020 and eventually left the organization on Jan. 5, 2021 to become the director of player personnel for the Seattle Kraken.
In his new role as the Blackhawks' associate GM, Maciver will directly oversee the entire scouting operation and report directly to Davidson.
"Kyle and I have a great relationship and I believe in his vision for the team and the future of our hockey operations department," Maciver said. "I’m thankful to the Blackhawks for this opportunity and I’m anxious to get back to work in a place that has become home. In addition, I would like to thank Ron Francis and the Seattle organization for allowing me to be a part of the Kraken inaugural season."