Blackhawks promote John McDonough

Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough has been promoted to CEO, the team announced Wednesday.

"John has shown unprecedented leadership, boundless energy and a tireless ability to move the Blackhawks forward since he took over operations for the organization in 2007," team chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "It is only appropriate that we add CEO to his title as the direction of this franchise continues to strive for excellence."

McDonough was named president of the Blackhawks on Nov. 20, 2007, after a short stint running the Chicago Cubs, where he was a marketing executive.

Under McDonough, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, their first in 49 years, while enjoying success at the ticket window. The franchise has had 146 consecutive games with capacity crowds, while growing its season-ticket base from 3,400 to 14,000.

The Blackhawks have led the NHL in average attendance in each of the past three seasons.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.