Doug Armstrong

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Doug Armstrong
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Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues
Born (1964-09-24) September 24, 1964 (age 53)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Occupation NHL executive

Douglas Armstrong (born September 24, 1964) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive, currently the general manager for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also a former general manager of the NHL's Dallas Stars.

Front office career

Dallas Stars

Armstrong joined the Dallas Stars organization in 1991 and was appointed general manager on January 25, 2002. He won the Stanley Cup as an assistant general manager with the Stars in 1999. Armstrong replaced Bob Gainey as GM of the Stars with 32 games to go in the 2001–02 NHL season, and one of his first moves was hiring Dave Tippett as head coach. Armstrong is the son of NHL Hall of Fame linesman Neil Armstrong, inducted in 1991.

On November 13, 2007, in the wake of a 7–7–3 start and a colossal meltdown by the team away against the Los Angeles Kings (losing 6–5 in overtime after leading 4–0 with seven minutes remaining in the game), Armstrong was fired as GM and replaced by former Stars player Brett Hull and assistant GM Les Jackson as interim co-general managers. During Armstrong's tenure, the Stars went 210–109–35–23. Some important moves Armstrong made during his time as GM included the drafting of players like Trevor Daley, James Neal, Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn. He also made a trade for Mike Ribeiro in exchange for defenceman Janne Niinimaa, which turned out to be beneficial for Dallas' offence.

St. Louis Blues

On May 29, 2008, the St. Louis Blues announced they have named Armstrong as the club's director of player personnel after signing him to a two-year contract. When the two years were to expire, Armstrong was to assume the general manager position after incumbent Larry Pleau's retirement;[1] Pleau was to stay on with the team in another capacity. On June 17, 2010, the Blues acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halák from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Although he had yet to officially take over duties as GM, this was considered to be Armstrong's first big move as general manager of the Blues.[2] Armstrong was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2013.

On February 1, 2017, Armstrong fired head coach Ken Hitchcock and promoted assistant coach Mike Yeo to head coach.

International

Armstrong has been part of Hockey Canada's management group for the gold medal-winning teams in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics; 2007 and 2016 Gold Medal World Championship Teams, 2016 World Cup Championship Winning Team plus the Silver Medal Winning Teams in the 2008 and 2009 World Championship. He also severed on Canada's 2002 World Championship Team (did not medal).

References

  1. ^ Doug Armstrong to join Blues front office: source CBC News, CBC Sports (May 28, 2008)
  2. ^ Armstrong makes statement with first deal for Blues: source Archived June 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 18, 2010)
Preceded by
Bob Gainey
General Manager of the Dallas Stars
200207
Succeeded by
Brett Hull
Les Jackson
Preceded by
Larry Pleau
General Manager of the St. Louis Blues
2010–present
Incumbent
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