SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Rather than savoring a second Stanley Cup title in the past four seasons, Stan Bowman spent much of his summer securing key pieces of the Chicago Blackhawks' championship roster.
Wednesday morning, the organization did the same thing for Bowman. The Blackhawks announced a two-year contract extension for their 40-year old vice president and general manager who became the youngest GM in NHL history to preside over a Cup title in 2010 and did it again in 2013.
The decision to add two years to his deal came down to rewarding success, which is a concept Chicago leadership wants to filter throughout all levels of the franchise.
"I had this conversation with [Blackhawks chairman] Rocky Wirtz, who is incredibly supportive, [and] we had a conversation about, 'What is the right thing to do for Stan?'" Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said Wednesday at the University of Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Arena. "It's important for me on a day-in, day-out basis, at all levels of our organization, to make sure that we look and seek out who the difference-makers are, people that are really contributing to the success of our organization. Obviously, Stan Bowman has done a terrific job."