Doug Armstrong

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Doug Armstrong
Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues.
Born (1964-09-24) September 24, 1964 (age 51)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Occupation NHL executive

Douglas Armstrong (born September 24, 1964) is the general manager for the NHL's St. Louis Blues. He is also a former general manager of the Dallas Stars.

Front office career[edit]

Dallas Stars[edit]

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.

St. Louis Blues[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Doug Armstrong to join Blues front office: source CBC News, CBC Sports (May 28, 2008)
  2. ^ Armstrong makes statement with first deal for Blues: source St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 18, 2010)
Preceded by
Bob Gainey
General Manager of the Dallas Stars
Succeeded by
Brett Hull
Les Jackson
Preceded by
Larry Pleau
General Manager of the St. Louis Blues