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Blackhawks sign GM Bowman to extension

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman was rewarded with a two-year contract extension 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," said Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough in a news release. "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 was promoted to general manager in 2009 and led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013. The Blackhawks added the title of vice president in 2010

Bowman is the youngest general manager in the NHL and the first general manager to win multiple championships since the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005. The Blackhawks rank third in regular-season wins (177) and second in postseason wins (37) since Bowman took over the club's hockey operations department.

While making several difficult personnel decisions -- parting with goaltender Antti Niemi after the 2010 championship and trading away fan favorite Dustin Byfuglien to Atlanta -- Bowman has guided Blackhawks drafts that netted forwards Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad, both members of the 2013 Stanley Cup winning team. The Hawks also worked contract extensions with core players Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson during his tenure.

Bowman joined the franchise in 2000 as a special assistant to the general manager. Four years later, he was promoted to Director of Hockey Operations, a role he served in for two years (2005-07).

He was assistant general manager from 2007-09 before taking over the team's hockey operations department. Stan and his father Scotty are part of an elite group as just the 10th father-son GM tandem in the history of the NHL and just the fourth pair to have each of their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup.
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