It's official: Blackhawks Kevin Cheveldayoff GM of returning Winnipeg NHL team

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg's new hockey team doesn't have a name yet, but it has a general manager.

The NHL club has made the appointment of Kevin Cheveldayoff (shehv-ahl-DAY-off) official.

Cheveldayoff joins the Winnipeg squad after serving as the assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 41-year-old is originally from Blaine Lake, Sask., and has experienced no shortage of hockey success as an executive.

He guided the Chicago Wolves to a pair of Turner Cup titles in the International Hockey League as well as two Calder Cup championships, before joining the front office of the Stanley-Cup-winning Blackhawks.

Cheveldayoff says his goal is to make the team — quote — "a contender for years to come."