Blackhawks’ Cheveldayoff Officially Takes GM Job In New Winnipeg

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CHICAGO (CBS) Although it was reported on Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks’ assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff officially accepted the general manager position with the new Winnipeg franchise on Wednesday.

“Kevin has informed me he has accepted the Executive Vice-President/General Manager position offered to him by True North Sports & Entertainment,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. While it is never easy to lose someone of his caliber, it is a great opportunity for him and his family.

“He was a significant part of our front office and he played an integral role in the success of the Blackhawks throughout the last two years. I want to personally thank him for his dedication to our organization and certainly wish him all the best in Winnipeg.”

Before joining the Blackhawks for the 2010 season, Cheveldayoff spent 12 years as the GM of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, winning four league championships (2002 and 2008 Calder Cups; 1998 and 2000 IHL Turner Cups).

The Blackhawks have not yet announced who will replace Cheveldayoff in the front office.