The Chicago Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for general manager Stan Bowman on Tuesday. With two years remaining on his current contract, the deal will keep Bowman in the Windy City until 2020-21.
Bowman has been with the organization for 15 years and has held the title of Vice President/General Manager since September 7, 2010. In that time he’s managed to become the first general manager of the salary cap era to collect three Stanley Cup rings, making the reasons for the extension painfully obvious.
“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 and CEO John McDonough in the team’s announcement. “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’s current run has been full of impressive feats of salary cap juggling, beneficial hockey trades, player development and performing beyond his years. In 2010, when the Blackhawks won their first Cup under his guidance, he became the youngest general manager to ever win a Final.
His legacy continues to grow this season with the team stringing together an impressive winning streak in January that helped catapult Chicago to the top spot in the Western Conference with 70 points in 52 games.
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