CHICAGO -- Peter Wirtz resigned as vice president of the
Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and his older brother, Rocky, took
over as the team's chairman.
The change comes after the death last month of their father and
longtime Blackhawks chairman, William Wirtz.
"My brother, Peter, informed me of his decision to leave his
role as vice president of the Blackhawks," Rocky Wirtz said. "While I had hoped that Peter would stay on and help in rebuilding
the Chicago Blackhawks into a winning and successful franchise, I
respect his decision. He has worked at my father's side for many
years and has decided, at this time, to change his focus."
Peter Wirtz, 47, will now run Bismarck Enterprises, one of the
family's food service businesses.
"With my father gone, I ... have chosen to step down so that my
brother Rocky can instill new and fresh leadership into the
organization," Peter Wirtz said in a statement.
William Wirtz, who was 77 when he died from cancer, compiled a
fortune in a number of businesses, including real estate and
liquor. He had been the team's chairman for 41 years.
Rocky Wirtz, 55, is expected to do a complete evaluation of the
team. The Blackhawks have not won the Stanley Cup since 1961 and
struggled for most of the past decade with poor records and
"I look forward to working with general manager Dale Tallon and
head coach Denis Savard," Rocky Wirtz said. "I feel the team is in good hands under Dale's guidance and leadership."