8 2018-19 ST. LOUIS BLUES YEARBOOK
PRESIDENT OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS AND GENERAL MANAGER/ALTERNATE GOVERNOR
Doug Armstrong was named the Blues’ President of Hockey Operations and General Manager/Alternate Governor on
Sept. 3, 2013 after serving three seasons as the executive vice president of hockey operations and two seasons
as the vice president of player personnel. The 11th general manager in Blues history, under Armstrong’s guidance,
the Blues have posted four of the top five regular seasons in franchise history, captured two Central Division titles,
and qualified for the postseason in six of the last seven seasons. In 2014-15, he led the Blues to a Central Division
Title and the club’s first trip to the Western Conference Final since 2001. In 2011-12, he led the club to its first
Central Division title since 2000 and became the first manager in Blues history to earn the NHL’s General Manager
of the Year award. During his tenure, Armstrong has orchestrated the acquisitions of key players such as Jay Bouwmeester,
Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn. In addition, he has extended the contracts of core players, including
Vladimir Tarasenko, Jake Allen, Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko, and Alexander Steen. He has also
overseen the drafts of Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, 2018 AHL All-Rookie Team goaltender Ville Husso, 2018 OHL Most
Outstanding Player Jordan Kyrou and 2018 OHL Playoffs MVP Robert Thomas.
Prior to joining the Blues, Armstrong spent 17 years with the Dallas Stars organization and his final six seasons as
the club’s general manager. From January 25, 2002, to the start of the 2007-08 season, Armstrong led the Stars
to the third-most regular season point total (427), collected the third-most wins (190) and the second-most home
victories (110) and points (240) in the entire NHL. Dallas won two Pacific Division Championships (2002-03, 2005-
06) and qualified for the playoffs four times over the span.
Armstrong was a part of the Stars’ organization since the club moved to Dallas in 1993 and helped lead the franchise
to two Presidents’ Trophies, two Western Conference titles and the 1999 Stanley Cup championship.
Prior to being named the team’s seventh general manager, Armstrong served nine years as the assistant general
manager under Bob Gainey. As Gainey’s assistant, Armstrong worked on contract negotiations and season scheduling,
and handled the day-to-day operations of the hockey department.
On the international level, Armstrong has served Team Canada in multiple capacities at multiple tournaments.
Most recently, he earned a gold medal as general manager at the 2017 World Cup of Hockey and a gold medal as
a senior advisor at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. Armstrong also captured gold at both the 2010 and 2014
Winter Olympics as the associate director of player personnel. In addition, he served as the club’s general manager
at the 2009 IIHF World Championship (silver medal), assistant general manager at the 2002 and 2008 IIHF World
Championships (silver in 2008) as well as a special advisor to Steve Yzerman at the 2007 IIHF World Championship
(gold medal). In 2007, Armstrong and Yzerman led Canada to a 9-0 tournament record, the country’s first unblemished
mark since the 1937 World Championships.
Armstrong is the only active General Manager in the NHL to be part of the ‘Triple Gold Club,” having been on the
management staff for a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal and World Championship Gold Medal-winning team.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Armstrong is the son of NHL Hall of Fame linesman Neil Armstrong who was inducted into
the Hall of Fame in 1991. Armstrong and his wife Kelly, son Blake, and daughter Kayla, live in Creve Coeur, Missouri.