Blackhawks promote assistant coach

The Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday announced the team has promoted assistant coach Marc Bergevin to the position of director of player personnel.

The 43-year-old Bergevin served as an assistant coach on head coach Joel Quenneville's staff last season, and helped the Blackhawks reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 14 years. Next season will mark his fourth in Chicago's front office. Bergevin spent the first three years on the scouting staff, including time as the director of professional scouting. The native of Montreal, Quebec, will supervise both the professional and amateur scouting departments. Bergevin, who was orginally drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round of the 1983 entry draft, will also monitor the progress of the team's prospects.

Bergevin will report directly to Stan Bowman, who was named Chicago's general manager on Tuesday, replacing Dale Tallon.

"We are excited to promote Marc into this role," Bowman said in a statement." We are very confident he will have a successful transition as we continue to strengthen our hockey operations department."

During his 20 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL, Bergevin scored 36 goals and had 145 assists in a career that included stints with the Blackhawks, the New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bergevin also played in 80 Stanley Cup playoff games in his career.