Blues’ Doug Armstrong named Hockey Canada’s GM for 2026 Winter Olympics

Team Canada has named Doug Armstrong general manager of its men’s ice hockey team for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the St. Louis Blues announced Friday.

Armstrong, 59, will also “oversee the appointment of management groups that will lead Team Canada at various events over the next two seasons,” such as the 2024 IIHF World Championships and 2025 NHL 4 Nations Face-Off, an international tournament featuring players from Canada, U.S., Sweden and Finland.

He has a long and illustrious history with Team Canada in international competition. Armstrong served as an assistant on GM Steve Yzerman’s staff for the 2010 and 2014 Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi, respectively, winning gold medals at both tournaments. He was GM for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2023 IIHF World Championships, where the country also won gold.

Armstrong was scheduled to be in charge of Canada’s team at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, but the NHL decided not to participate and Armstrong was replaced by former NHL player Shane Doan.

In the NHL, Armstrong has been a GM of the Dallas Stars and Blues. He was an assistant GM when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999, and he was the full-time GM with St. Louis when it won the Cup in 2019.

He’s been the Blues’ GM since 2010 and has the third-most seniority in management across the league, trailing only Lou Lamoriello and Ken Holland. Recently, Armstrong won his 800th game as GM, becoming the second-fastest to reach the milestone (1,432 games) after Holland (1,381). He’s one of only 11 GMs to eclipse 800 wins and now trails No. 10 Bobby Clarke by just four wins.

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