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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Stan Bowman gets extension

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced a two-year contract extension for general manager Stan Bowman on Wednesday.

Bowman's contract will run through the 2017-18 season. The 40-year-old Bowman, who is the NHL's youngest general manager, is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks and was promoted to GM on July 14, 2009. The Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups under his direction.

"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 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."

The Blackhawks won the 2009-10 Stanley Cup in Bowman's first season as general manager. Because of salary cap restraints, Bowman had to dismantle a bulk of the team the following season. After back-to-back first-round playoff exits and a number of roster moves, the Blackhawks won the 2013 Presidents' Trophy and defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to clinch their second Stanley Cup in four years.

"Hockey-wise, this is a very exciting time to be part of the Blackhawks organization," Bowman said at the University of Notre Dame on the first day of training camp on Wednesday. "We had a tremendous season last year culminating with the ultimate victory. We had a lot of time this summer to enjoy that. As John [McDonough] and I have talked and we've talked to the coaching staff, that was a great moment for our organization, but it's time to close that book and start a new one. That's sort of why we're here. This is the first chapter of the new book for the Blackhawks, and we're excited for what's to come.

"I'm not going really good at defining what dynasty is; I guess I'll leave that for you guys to do. But I think we're striving to be a team that is competing for the Cup every year. We want to sustain this level of success not just for this year or next season, but for a number of seasons. Ultimately, time will tell. Like John [McDonough] said, we're just getting started here. I don't feel any sense of contentment of where we're at. Complacency is not a word that's going to be associated with the Blackhawks."

Bowman has been responsible for drafting current Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad and re-signing Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Bowman previously announced this summer multiyear extensions for coach Joel Quenneville, Bickell, Crawford and Hjalmarsson. He also recently said he planned on Kane and Toews being Blackhawks forever.

Bowman is the son of former NHL coach Scotty Bowman, who had 1,244 career wins and has been part of 13 Stanley Cup championships. Scotty is a Blackhawks hockey operations senior adviser.