– Doug Armstrong, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the St. Louis Blues
, will be today's guest on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman
. The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions, airs Thursdays on NHL Network, NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m., ET.
Armstrong, who was named to his position July 1, 2010 after serving two seasons as the Blues' Vice President of Player Personnel, is the 11th general manager in franchise history. One of his first transactions was the acquisition of goaltender Jaroslav Halak
, who is 19-3-3, including six straight wins, in his last 26 starts. He also brought in players such as Kevin Shattenkirk
, Chris Stewart
, Jason Arnott
, Jamie Langenbrunner
and Brian Elliott
After a 6-7-0 start, Armstrong hired Ken Hitchcock as the 24th head coach in club history. Since then, the Blues have gone 36-11-7 to take over first place in the Western Conference. They lead the League in goals-against average (1.88) and shutouts (12), and are tied for the most wins at home (27). St. Louis plays host to the Anaheim Ducks
A native of Sarnia, Ont., Armstrong is the son of NHL linesman Neil Armstrong, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. Prior to joining the Blues, he spent 17 years with the Dallas Stars
organization, including his final six seasons as the team's general manager.
NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman
broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., ET, on NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Home Ice (channel 92 on XM and channel 207 on Sirius Premier). The show will re-air on Sirius XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
The show encourages fans to call in with questions. To submit questions to NHL Hour
, call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696).