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Cheveldayoff leaves Blackhawks to become Winnipeg’s GM

Updated: June 8, 2011 3:10PM

Kevin Cheveldayoff officially left the Blackhawks for Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Cheveldayoff, a highly regarded talent evaluator the Hawks brought in after a ton of success with the Wolves, will be the first general manager of Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise. He spent the past two years as the Hawks’ assistant GM.

The Hawks had hoped to keep Cheveldayoff in the fold. He was introduced at a press conference in Winnipeg Wednesday after being offered the job over the weekend.

“Kevin has informed me he has accepted the Executive Vice-President/General Manager position offered to him by True North Sports & Entertainment,” Hawks GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. “While it is never easy to lose someone of his caliber, it is a great opportunity for him and his family.

“He was a significant part of our front office and he played an integral role in the success of the Blackhawks throughout the last two years. I want to personally thank him for his dedication to our organization and certainly wish him all the best in Winnipeg.”

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