Bowman, Blackhawks agree to extension

The Associated Press
Bowman, Blackhawks agree to extension
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman speaks during media day for the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals between the Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Chicago. The finals start Saturday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) -- General manager Stan Bowman and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

The deal was announced on Wednesday.

With stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane leading the way, the 40-year-old Bowman has overseen two championship runs since he replaced Dale Tallon as general manager in July 2009.

They won it all in 2010, ending a 49-year drought, but had to overhaul their supporting cast due to salary cap restraints. Back-to-back first-round playoff exits followed, but the Blackhawks had a record start last season and beat Boston in the Stanley Cup finals.

That made Bowman the first general manager to win multiple championships since the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005. He is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks.