The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday signed executive vice president and general manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract extension.
Armstrong helped build a team that finished with the second-most wins and points in franchise history last season as St. Louis had the second-most points in the Western Conference. The team won its first Central Division title since the 1999-2000 season and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002. Armstrong was honored with the NHL's General Manager of the Year award in June.
"My family and I are excited to remain with the Blues and in the St. Louis community," Armstrong said. "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."
Armstrong has been with the Blues since 2008, when he was hired as vice president of player personnel. He replaced Larry Pleau as GM on July 1, 2010, and in two seasons the Blues have gone 87-55-22.
"We are thrilled to have Doug in St. Louis through the 2017-18 season and beyond," Blues owner Tom Stillman said. "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."
During his tenure, Armstrong has brought in key members of the organization, including 2012 Jack Adams winner Hitchcock, and 2012 Jennings Trophy winners Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. In addition, he has extended the contracts of core players David Backes, Barret Jackman, T.J. Oshie and David Perron, as well as orchestrated the additions of Jamie Langenbrunner, Kris Russell and Kevin Shattenkirk, and the drafts of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Prior to joining the Blues, Armstrong spent 17 years with the Stars franchise, and was the assistant GM when the Dallas Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup. Armstrong and Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman are the only NHL GMs who have been on the management staff for a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and World Championship gold medal.