Canada Names Blues Executive as GM for 2026 Winter Olympics

Doug Armstrong, with a successful history in international hockey, has been named General Manager for Team Canada at the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, facing decisions on assembling a top team, including choosing the best goaltender amidst strong international competition.

Hockey Canada’s got a new face for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Italy. They’ve tapped Doug Armstrong, the St. Louis Blues’ general manager, to lead the charge. And that’s not all. They’ve also announced a few other key roles. Ryan Getzlaf is stepping in as the Player Relations Advisor. Scott Salmond will take on the role of Senior Vice-President of High Performance and Hockey Operations. Katherine Henderson has been named President and CEO, with Pat McLaughlin rounding out the team as COO and Executive Vice-President of Strategy.

Armstrong is no stranger to the international stage. He’s been in the mix before, serving as an assistant general manager at two Olympics. Plus, he’s been a part of seven World Championship or World Cup tournaments. Under his leadership, Canada’s brought home the gold. Twice at the Olympics and three times at the World Championships.

Now, Armstrong’s got a golden opportunity. He’s looking at assembling what could be the dream team of Canadian hockey. We’re talking the end of Sidney Crosby’s era, the peak of Connor McDavid’s, and the rise of Connor Bedard. And maybe, just maybe, star defenseman Cale Makar will join the squad. That is, if the 2018 World Juniors Championship team restrictions get lifted.

But here’s the million-dollar question: Who’s going to be the goalie? Armstrong’s pick could be a game-changer. Jordan Binnington might be smiling right now. After all, he was a key player in Armstrong’s Stanley Cup victory and he’s still killing it in St. Louis. Yet, on paper, he’s not the top Canadian goalie. That title might go to Vegas’ Adin Hill, with his Stanley Cup win and impressive save percentage. And let’s not forget 25-year-old Stuart Skinner, who’s been racking up wins and showing promise.

Skinner hasn’t snagged any major awards yet. But don’t count him out for the Olympics. With Team USA boasting talents like Connor Hellebuyck and Jeremy Swayman, and Russia possibly bringing Igor Shesterkin or Ilya Sorokin, Canada’s got to be solid in the net. It’s all on Armstrong now, one of the NHL’s most seasoned general managers, to make the call.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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