In an update that completes the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Operations management team, Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson announced it today Mark Eaton will remain Assistant Director – General, Development and Meghan Hunter has been promoted to Assistant General Manager, Hockey Operations. In addition, it was announced that Brian Campbell will remain in Hockey Operations as an advisor, Hockey Operations while Karilyn Pilch has been promoted to director of player staff.
Today’s announcements follow the previous hiring of Norm Maciver and Jeff Greenberg as Associate General Managers on the Hockey Operations Executive Leadership team. Professional and amateur scout operations will report directly to Maciver, and Greenberg will oversee the development of strategic systems and processes that will nurture the entire Hockey Operations team. Together, Eaton, Greenberg, Hunter and Maciver will all report directly to Davidson.
“As I said before, this foundation of leadership will help our shared vision for the future come true,” said General Manager Kyle Davidson. “Our goal is to be best in class in everything we do, and organizing a structure and defining roles behind the scenes is an important step. I have great faith and confidence in this management team along with the employees who work under them, and I look forward to working with our entire team to build a successful team on the ice. “
Eaton will oversee the Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate, Rockford IceHogs, as well as all amateur and professional player development and performance. Eaton spent 13 seasons as a defensive player in the National Hockey League and joined the Blackhawks in 2014 as a player development coach.
Hunter joined the Chicago Blackhawks organization in 2016, after serving in various Hockey Operations and Scouting roles. In her current role, she will oversee budgeting, team services, contract execution, team safety and player service. Hunter played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, where she was a four-year letter winner and in 2001 was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given to the best female college hockey player in the United States. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Hunter worked for the Canadian women’s hockey team and the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
“Meghan and Mark have both been important parts of our operation for a number of years and we are fortunate to have them in these important and newly developed roles,” Davidson added. “Their leadership skills, shared vision with the rest of the leadership team and knowledge of the game give me a lot of confidence that we will reach our goals.”
Campbell has served as a player development coach for the previous four seasons with the Blackhawks following a 17-year NHL career that ended in Chicago in 2017 and included stops in Buffalo (1999 – 2008), San Jose (2008), Florida (2011 – 2016) ) and the Blackhawks. (2008 – 11, 2016-17). He played 1,082 NHL games in his career as a defender in the NHL.
Pilch joined the Blackhawks in 2021 as a scout, player staff. She played collegiately at Boston University, where after graduating from school she continued as director of Hockey Operations. She later spent time as general manager of Boston Pride in the Premier Hockey Federation.