ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Blues have signed General Manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year extension. The deal locks up Armstrong, 48, through the 2017-18 season.
“We are thrilled to have Doug in St. Louis through the 2017-18 season and beyond,” said Blues Owner Tom Stillman. “He has been instrumental in returning the Blues to the top of the Central Division and was very deserving of the GM of the Year award. His vision in the draft process, and his prowess in the trade and free agent markets have positioned our organization to succeed well into the future.”
After being named the NHL 2011-12 General Manager of the Year, the newly owned Blues quickly take care of this task just after the end of the NHL lockout with Armstrong’s current contract due to expire at the end of June.
“My family and I are excited to remain with the Blues and in the St. Louis community,” said Armstrong. “It’s energizing to be in a city with such a welcoming and passionate fan base, and we are truly enjoying our experience here. On the ice, Ken Hitchcock and our coaching staff believe we have constructed the foundation necessary to compete year in and year out and deliver St. Louis its first Stanley Cup.”
Known by his peers as “Army”, he became the 11th General Manager in St. Louis Blues history on July 1, 2010 after joining the franchise in 2008 as Vice President of Player Personnel. Prior to joining the Blues, Armstrong spent 17 years with the Dallas Stars during which the franchise earned two Pacific Division titles, two Presidents’ Trophies, two Western Conference titles and the 1999 Stanley Cup championship.
Since becoming the GM, Armstrong’s acquired several key additions including Jaroslav Halak, Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart, Brian Elliott, Jamie Langenbrunner and head coach Ken Hitchcock. Last season, he help design a club that posted the franchise’s first 100-point season since 2001, first Central Division title since 2000 and first playoff series win since 2002.
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