On the day the Chicago Blackhawks will open training camp to prepare to defend their Stanley Cup championship, the team announced a two-year contract extension for Stan Bowman, the architect of the team.
The 40-year-old general manager now has a deal that will run through the 2017-18 season.
“Stan has been an integral part of our organizational success and we are proud to reward him with a well-deserved extension,” Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said Wednesday in a statement. “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 helped mold the Blackhawks teams that won Stanley Cups in 2010 and ’13. Bowman took over the GM job from Dale Tallon on Sept. 7, 2010. While the 2010 champs are widely considered to be Tallon’s creation, the Hawks’ run to the Cup in ’13 was all Bowman.
Under Bowman’s regime, the Hawks have 177 regular-season wins (third in the NHL) and 37 in the playoffs (second in the league). He is the youngest GM in the NHL and along with father Scotty is the 10th father-son GM tandem in the history of the NHL and the fourth pair to have each of their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup.
Later Wednesday, the Hawks will open training camp at Notre Dame, from which Stan Bowman graduated in 1995 with degrees in finance and computer applications.