was a vindictive man who enforced codes of conduct through threats,intimidation, revoking of credentials, and out-and-out bullying.
was -- for sixteen years -- the senior director of communications for the Red Wings
More evidence from our unnamed friend, and some more regarding Hahn
established the protocol by which the diggers operate during his
nearly 20 years with the team, and the concept of a hierarchy of access is always in evidence.
Whether it's seating assignments, who can speak to whom, whether people have to "check" certain stories or subjects with the team before publishing them, which topics are off-limits, and which diggers get more access based upon their preferred status thanks to "playing well with others," it feels like you're dealing with high school cliques, and their strata are all but set in stone.
When I dealt with the team, John Hahn
had a league-wide reputation as a dictatorial jerk, and according to people I spoke with who were intimate with the team's situation, they insisted that the Red Wings
' status as an incredible pain in the rear to deal with was one of the reasons we kept reading the outside media so gleefully wish to see the Big Red Machine fail (when it was the Big Red Machine).
Personally, I only encountered Mr. Hahn one time -- when I was credentialed by the League to cover the 2010 Draft in Los Angeles.
I didn't have to interact with him, since I wasn't representing the team, nor did I need anything from the Red Wings
to do what I was there to do, but he
absolutely was an intimidating man that everyone -- and I mean everyone -- steered well clear of.
And while Mr. MacLeod tells me that John Hahn
isn't as intimidating as we all may have felt, the team obviously wants to put the best foot forward and try to maintain that face.