Blackhawks extend GM Stan Bowman’s contract for 3 more years

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday 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 in a news release. “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.