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Blackhawks extend VP/GM Bowman's contract

by Chicago Blackhawks / Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a two-year contract extension for Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman, which will run through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.

“Stan has been an integral part of our organizational success and we are proud to reward him with a well-deserved extension,” said Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough. “From the amateur levels to our team in Chicago, Stan has a great system in place as we all strive for consistent excellence throughout the organization.”

Bowman, 40, is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks organization and fourth as the team’s vice president and general manager, a position he was appointed to on Sept. 7, 2010. He was originally named the ninth general manager in franchise history on July 14, 2009 and has overseen two Stanley Cup champion teams since that time (2010 and 2013).

Currently the youngest general manager in the NHL, Bowman helped Chicago capture the 2010 Stanley Cup during his first year in that role, ending a 49-year championship drought for the organization. Bowman earned his second Stanley Cup in 2013 to become the first general manager to win multiple championships since the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005. The Blackhawks rank third in regular-season wins (177) and second in postseason wins (37) since Bowman took over the club’s hockey operations department.

Bowman is also actively involved in USA Hockey, having been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group in January 2012. In that role, Bowman joins several other NHL executives on the advisory committee that will lead the selection of players for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Under his direction the Blackhawks have drafted forwards Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad, both members of the 2013 Stanley Cup winning team. Bowman has also been able to resign players such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson during his tenure.

Bowman joined the Blackhawks in 2000, serving for four seasons as Special Assistant to the General Manager before being promoted to Director of Hockey Operations, a role he served in for two years (2005-07).

He continued his work as Assistant General Manager from 2007-09 before taking over the team’s hockey operations department. Stan and his father Scotty are part of an elite group as just the tenth 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. Following the Blackhawks’ 2010 Championship run, Bowman was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” Class of 2010.

Born in Montreal, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with degrees in finance and computer applications. Stan and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Will and Camden, and a daughter, Graycen.

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