Armstrong of Blues named Canada GM for 2022 Beijing Olympics

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Doug Armstrong was named general manager on Wednesday of the men’s hockey team, which will compete for Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Armstrong, the GM of the St. Louis Blues, will be joined on the Hockey Canada Olympic management group by Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland, who will be associate GM; and Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis, Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney and longtime NHL goalie Roberto Luongo, who each will be an assistant GM.

“Under Doug’s leadership, as well as that of our entire management group, we’re thrilled to task them to lead us into 2022, with the opportunity to oversee our staff and players as they compete for an Olympic gold medal,” Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada, said in a statement.

NHL players could participate in the Olympics for the first time since 2014, part of the four-year extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement that was ratified by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA on July 10. Participation is pending an agreement between the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation.

Armstrong has been the Blues GM since 2010 and helped build the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2019. St. Louis has won three Central Division titles, reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times and the Western Conference Final twice during Armstrong’s tenure. He worked 17 seasons in the Dallas Stars organization, including six as GM and won the Cup in 1999. 

Armstrong was part of Hockey Canada’s management group for the gold medal-winning teams in the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics. He became the first person in management to join the Double Triple Gold Club as a two-time winner of the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and IIHF World Championship (2007, 2016).

Holland, who served on Hockey Canada’s management group at the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympics, won the Stanley Cup four times with the Detroit Red Wings, including three as GM (1998, 2002, 2008).

Francis, who was named Seattle GM in July 2019, spent 12 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes front office, including GM from 2014-18.

Sweeney and Luongo will each be on the management group for the first time.

Canada won bronze at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, when Sean Burke was GM and the Olympic Athletes from Russia won gold. NHL players did not participate in the tournament.  

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