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Blackhawks extend Stan Bowman's contract

by Chicago Blackhawks / Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a three-year contract extension for Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman, which will run through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season.

Bowman is in his 15th season with the Blackhawks and his sixth as the Vice President/General Manager, having been named to the position on Sept. 7, 2010. Bowman was originally named the ninth General Manager in Blackhawks history on July 14, 2009, after eight years in the Blackhawks Hockey Operations Department.

“I am proud of how much Stan and his staff have accomplished and have great confidence in his leadership as our organization continues to strive for consistent excellence,” said President & CEO John McDonough. “Under Stan’s guidance, our Hockey Operations Department is strong across all levels, including scouting, player evaluation and development, and salary cap management. He has created a sound structure that Blackhawks fans can be excited about for many years to come.”

Bowman led the Blackhawks to their sixth Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2015, becoming the first GM to win three titles in the salary cap era. In 2010, Bowman became the youngest GM in National Hockey League history to guide an organization to the championship, as the team ended a 49-year title drought. During his tenure as GM, Bowman has secured the Blackhawks’ core talent with long-term contract extensions, rebuilt the club’s prospect depth and re-signed Head Coach Joel Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history, to two contract extensions.

Bowman and his father, Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman, are part of an elite group, becoming the 10th father-son GM tandem in the history of the NHL and just the fourth pair to have each of their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

Bowman was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” Class of 2010. The prestigious announcement is given out to 40 business executives under the age of 40 in Chicago each year and recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of the individuals chosen. Additionally, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 16, 2015.

Bowman was selected as a manager for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, alongside Peter Chiarelli. In that role, he will help select the playing roster, coaching and support staff, as well as oversee tournament preparations and management, for the team comprised of Under-23 players from Canada and the United States.

Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with degrees in finance and computer applications. When he arrived at the Blackhawks in 2000, Bowman worked extensively on financial budgets and developed programs to track player movement and player evaluation. He was born in Montreal, where his father was coaching at the time.

Bowman and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons, Will and Camden, and a daughter, Graycen.

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