The Chicago Blackhawks have extended the contract of Vice-President/Assistant to the President Al MacIsaac through the 2013-14 season.
MacIsaac is entering his 12th season as a member of the Blackhawks hockey operations department and his second as Vice-President/Assistant to the President since being promoted to the position on Sept. 7, 2010. He previously served as Senior Director of Hockey Administration/Assistant to the President, and has also served as Director of Player Evaluation (2008), General Manager of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs (2007-08) and General Manager of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals (2000-2007).
“Al has been instrumental in the Blackhawks continuing development as a first-class organization both on and off the ice,” Team President John McDonough said. “He has worked hard to build a strong and cohesive operation, maintaining a unified relationship between the hockey and business operations of our franchise.”
A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, MacIsaac was the Buffalo Sabres’ 12th-round draft choice in the 1987 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Following a four-year collegiate career at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, where he was honored as the Student Male Athlete of the Year in 1991, MacIsaac joined the Hampton Roads Admirals as a defenseman for the 1991-92 season and led the team with a +33 rating. He represented the Admirals in the 1993 ECHL All-Star Game. During that same season, MacIsaac made appearances with the AHL’s Baltimore Skipjacks and Cape Breton Oilers.
In 1993, MacIsaac joined the Norfolk Admirals front office as the club’s Assistant General Manager. He was named General Manager of Hockey Operations for the Admirals in July 1996. In 1997-98, the Admirals, then the Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate, won their third ECHL Championship.
MacIsaac has won six championships in his hockey career, including the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup, and three as a player: the CHL Memorial Cup (1986), the ECHL Championship (1992) and the Calder Cup (1993).