CHICAGO, United States – The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Stan Bowman, the son of the legendary coach, to General Manager and have reassigned Dale Tallon to the position of Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations.
“We are very proud to promote Stan to his new position of General Manager,” Blackhawks President John McDonough said. “He brings a comprehensive knowledge of hockey, along with a tremendous intellect and methodical approach to building a successful team and sustaining success. His involvement with our organization and strong understanding of our roster and our system create a very natural and strong transition. Dale will continue to be an important part of our organization, as he has been for many years.”
Bowman, 36, becomes the ninth General Manager in Blackhawks history after most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, Hockey Operations, for the previous two years. The 2009-10 season will mark the Montreal native’s ninth with the Blackhawks, which includes two seasons as the Director of Hockey Operations (2005-07) and four seasons as the Special Assistant to the General Manager (2001-05).
“It is an extreme honour to accept this promotion with the Blackhawks, an Original Six franchise,” Bowman said. “Over the last eight years I have been intricately involved in every facet of our Hockey Operations and take great pride in the talent and character that we have assembled. We will not rest until we reach our goal of winning the Stanley Cup and establishing consistent success for the Chicago Blackhawks and our fans.”
Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and arrived at the Blackhawks in 2001, working extensively on financial budgets and developing programs to track player movement and player evaluation. He was born in Montreal where his father, legendary coach and Blackhawks Senior Advisor Scotty Bowman was coaching at the time.
The Chicago Blackhawks will play the 2009 Victoria Cup
against the European club champion ZSC Lions in Zurich, and also have an exhibition game at the same venue against Swiss champion HC Davos.