Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman has been named the General Manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team.
Bowman, in his 19th season with the Blackhawks and his 12th in the role of General Manager, has served as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group since 2012 to help select players and staff for U.S. Men's National Teams. Alongside Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin, who was named Assistant General Manager of Team USA, and USA Hockey's Executive Director of Hockey Operations John Vanbiesbrouck, he will build the staff and roster for the Beijing games, set to open on Feb. 4, 2022.
"I am extremely proud and honored to serve such a prestigious role for USA Hockey," Bowman said in a statement. "It will be exciting to work alongside Bill, John and the rest of our advisory group as we build a group of American hockey players and add to the storied tradition and legacy of Team USA. I look forward carrying the Olympic spirit through the game of hockey as we select a team for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing."
"The Olympic games exemplify a worldwide spirit of community through sport, and we're incredibly proud to have a member of the Blackhawks family play an integral role with USA Hockey as they represent our country on this global stage," Blackhawks Chief Executive Officer Danny Wirtz said in a team statement. "Over the last 10-plus years, we've seen firsthand how Stan's leadership here in Chicago has fostered a team-first culture and sustained success that helped grow the game of hockey not only in Illinois, but throughout the country. We congratulate Stan on this exciting opportunity and look forward to having him serve in both capacities as he continues to build and develop the Blackhawks roster and, now, Team USA through the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing."
The U.S. men's team finished seventh at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, but NHL players did not participate.
The U.S. finished fourth at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the last time NHL players appeared in the tournament. It lost in the gold medal game against Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
NHL players could participate in the Olympics for the first time since 2014 as part of the four-year extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement that was ratified by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHL Players' Association on July 10. Participation is pending an agreement between the NHL, NHLPA, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation.