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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks and vice president and general manager Stan Bowman agreed to a three-year extension through the 2015-16 season, the team announced Tuesday."I am very proud of the direction that Stan has taken our hockey operations group in from the moment he took over the role," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "Stan's leadership and collaboration with the entire hockey operations group has developed a strong foundation and gives us the continuity we need as we strive for consistent excellence." Bowman took over his current role in summer 2009 and presided over the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup title in 49 years in 2010. Much of that team was put together by former general manager Dale Tallon, with Bowman's help as assistant GM. "It's quite an honor," Bowman said. "I feel very proud to be a member of this organization. We've come an awful long way."
Since then, Bowman has had to reshape the roster due to salary-cap constraints while locking up the core players who helped lead the team to the championship. Only eight players remain from that squad.
Last year, the Blackhawks' bid for a repeat ended in a seven-game Western Conference quarterfinals series with Vancouver. Bowman said he's optimistic about the 2011-12 Blackhawks, who open the season Friday at Dallas."The hunger factor is absolutely there with our guys wanting to come back and get to the level we were the previous year," Bowman said. "You look at some of our big guys that played big minutes last year, they've had excellent training camps and seem fresh and ready to go." The newcomers include Andrew Brunette, Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers, along with Rostislav Olesz. Bowman, the son of legendary coach Scotty Bowman, joined the Blackhawks in 2001 as a special assistant to the general manager and was promoted to director of hockey operations four years later. In 2007, he was named assistant general manager and two years later was named general manager before his promotion to vice president and general manager last September.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.