Hawks extend McDonough through '16

Updated: January 11, 2010, 6:55 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

John McDonough is being rewarded for the Chicago Blackhawks' resurgence.

The Blackhawks president was given a long-term contract extension that runs through 2016. McDonough, who is in the third year of a five-year contract, was hired away in 2007 from the Chicago Cubs where he served as president.

"[McDonough's] commitment, insight and guidance have led the organization to record attendance, unprecedented season ticket sales, new sponsorships and partnerships with WGN Radio and WGN-TV," Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said in a memo Monday to executives of Wirtz Corp., which owns the Blackhawks and other businesses.

McDonough, who spent 24 years with the Cubs, is widely credited with increasing the once-floundering team's popularity through a marketing campaign.

Chicago now plays home games before sellout crowds, televises its home games and has emerged as one of the youngest and most talented squads in the NHL.

The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 66 points.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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