The Chicago Blackhawks were at it again Wednesday as they announced a contract extension for General Manager Stan Bowman. Bowman became the Blackhawks GM in the 2009 offseason. In 2011, he signed a contract with the Blackhawks that ran until the end of the 2015-2016 season. By signing this new extension, it keeps Bowman in Chicago through the 2017-2018 season.
Stan Bowman is the youngest GM in the NHL at 40 years old. Prior to becoming the GM of the team, he worked as a special assistant to the GM, the Director of Hockey Operations, and Assistant GM. Bowman has been with the Blackhawks since the 2000 season.
Since becoming the GM in 2009, the Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups (2010, 2013). He's been able to resign key players, such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjlamarsson. He's also drafted Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad- both of which played an important role for the Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup winning team.
Bowman has helped put together a good young core in Chicago. He had to revamp the roster after the team won the Stanley Cup in 2010, but he has brought players in to keep the team competitive for many years. With Toews and Kane becoming unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Bowman will have his work cut out for him once again as he will strive to keep both players in Chicago on deals that are cap friendly.
With Bowman, Coach Joel Quenneville and numerous key players locked up for several years, the Blackhawks are in great shape to continue being competitive for a Stanley Cup. With all these pieces still intact, the team could build a dynasty over the next few years.
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