by Vince Maranto on 10/06/11 at 04:00 PM ET
Here’s a couple of more loose odds and ends as we wait for the season to start tomorrow for the Hawks.
They open with a home and home Friday at Dallas and then again on Saturday, at the United Center against the Stars. First off, the Hawks have announced a 3 year contract extension to Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. He will remain with the organization through the 2015-2016 season. No surprise here considering the job he has done, both with The Cup and the locking up of the Hawks key players. President and CEO, John McDonough had this to say,
“I am very proud of the direction that Stan has taken our hockey operations group in from the moment he took over the role. 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.”
Bowman responded to that by adding,
“It’s quite an honor. I certainly want to thank (Hawks owner) Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for their faith and excellent leadership over the years. I feel very proud to be a part of this organization. We’ve demonstrated our desire to bring excellence to the Blackhawks and the city of Chicago. We’ve got the best fans in the world here and they love watching our team and our exciting product, and we intend to keep it that way for a long time.”
Also, the Hawks have come to terms on a contract with 18 year old Brandon Saad. He was my “dark horse” prediction from the start of training camp. Saad was the Hawks second round (43rd overall) pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Pittsburgh area native plays wing and throughout camp played many shifts with Toews on the first line.
I am still waiting for the final roster to be revealed on chicagoblackhawks.com. The goalies are set - Crawford and Emery. Defense (for now, anyway, the last couple of “cuts” to be decided at the last minute due to day to day injuries, Ben Smith and Dave Bolland. As a side note, Brandon Pirri was recalled from Rockford yesterday.
Stan Mikita has written a book called “Forever a Hawk”. I’m looking forward to reading this (I am currently without a book in the biography department hockey wise. The last one I read was “Tough Guy” by the late Bob Probert.) Stosh will recall his playing time over his career with the Hawks.
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