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A fourth assistant GM in the NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks made Meghan Hunter the fourth woman to serve as assistant general manager by promoting her on Wednesday.

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The 41-year-old former hockey player had held the roles of director of hockey administration and scout for the “Hawks” since 2020. She joined the Illinois team in June 2016 as an executive assistant to GM Stan Bowman after a stint with Hockey Canada.

The Ontarian comes from a rather well-known family in North American hockey, having for uncles the former players of the National Hockey League (NHL) Mark, Dale and Dave Hunter. She worked with the London Knights from 2008 to 2010, an Ontario Junior League team long associated with her family.

Mark Eaton will remain Kyle Davidson’s other assistant next season.

“Meghan and Mark have played important roles within our operations for several years and we are fortunate to have them in these important and redeveloped roles. Their leadership qualities mesh well with the rest of the team and their knowledge of the game gives me every hope that we can achieve our goals,” Davidson said in a statement.

Quebecer Emilie Castonguay and American Cammi Granato are the two women to hold an assistant GM position in the NHL, both with the Vancouver Canucks. Angela Gorgon, with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, paved the way more than 25 years ago.

“Meghan coached me through college. She is a hockey spirit and an amazing person. She shows up every day. Well deserved,” Castonguay tweeted.