After leaving the Cubs to take over as president of the Blackhawks on November 20, 2007, John McDonough went on a listening tour through the United Center before a game against Phoenix.
As McDonough walked through the aisles, Blackhawks fans gave him advice on everything imaginable. Put the home games on TV. Bring the games back to WGN-Ch. 9. Bring back Pat Foley. Bring back Bobby Hull. Get some players who can skate.
McDonough listened intently and said “every idea” would be under consideration.
“This is my biggest challenge yet," he told me that night. “But we are going to get there, I do know that."
McDonough met those...