Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues
September 24, 1964 |
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Armstrong joined the Dallas Stars organization in 1991, and was appointed as General Manager 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, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
On November 13, 2007, in the wake of a 7-7-3 start and a colossal meltdown by the team in Los Angeles (losing 6-5 in OT after leading 4-0 with 7 minutes remaining in the game), Doug Armstrong was relieved of his duties as the GM for the Stars and was replaced by former Stars player Brett Hull and assistant GM Les Jackson as interim co-GM's. During Armstrong's tenure, the Dallas Stars went 210-109-35-23. Some important moves Armstrong made during his time as GM of the Stars include 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 Janne Niinimaa which turned out to be beneficial for Dallas' offence.
On May 29, 2008, the St. Louis Blues announced that they have named Doug Armstrong as the new director of Player Personnel and signed him to a 2-year deal. When the 2 years are up he will take over as general manager when Larry Pleau retires. Pleau will stay on with the team but in another capacity upon his retirement. On June 17, 2010, the St. Louis Blues acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens 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. Armstrong was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2013.
Armstrong has been part of 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).