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Blues GM Doug Armstrong named Team Canada GM for World Cup of Hockey tourney

St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong picked up another title Monday after being named General Manager for Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The World Cup of Hockey Tournament features the top players in the world playing for their respective countries. It will be held Sept. 16-Oct. 1, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Armstrong also was Team Canada GM at the 2009 World Championships, where the team won a silver medal.

He was Team Canada’s Associate Director of Player Personnel on the gold-medal winning teams at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Team Canada also won a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships when Armstrong served as a special adviser to then-GM Steve Yzerman.

Joining Armstrong on the World Cup management team are former Blues defenseman and current Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray.

Armstrong and Yzerman, Vice President and GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, are the only NHL general managers who have been part of the management staff of teams that have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and a World Championship gold medal.

Armstrong won a gold medal with the 1999 Dallas Stars as assistant GM.

Armstrong has been the Blues’ general manager since 2010 after three seasons as the club’s executive vice president of hockey operations and two seasons as vice president of player personnel.

During Armstrong’s tenure in St. Louis, the Blues have won two Central Division titles and reached the playoffs four times. He also won the NHL’s General Manager of the Year award in 2012.

The World Cup of Hockey format for 2016 will include teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic and two all-star teams. One team includes other European players and the others top North American players under age 23.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at nsanders@bnd.com or 618-239-2454. Follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders.

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