Blackhawks give GM extension

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have given general manager Stan Bowman a three-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bowman is entering his 11th season with the Blackhawks and his third as the head of the hockey operations. He was originally named general manager on July 14, 2009 and the team went on to capture the Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2010.

"I am very proud of the direction that Stan has taken our hockey operations group in from the moment he took over the role," said Blackhawks CEO John McDonough 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."

After ending the 49-year Stanley Cup drought, the Blackhawks squeezed into the playoffs last spring as the eighth seed in the Western Conference and nearly overcame an 0-3 deficit in the first round before falling to eventual conference champion Vancouver in a decisive seventh game.

The Blackhawks have a regular-season record of 99-51-17 during Bowman's tenure and a 19-10 playoff mark.

At age 38, Bowman is the youngest general manager in the NHL. The son of legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman joined the franchise in 2001 as a special assistant to the general manager and was promoted to director of hockey operations in 2005. In 2007, he took over as assistant general manager of hockey operations before being elevated to the top job when Dale Tallon stepped down.


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