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Blues name Alexander Steen as GM in waiting with plan to succeed Doug Armstrong in 2026

FILE - St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen looks one against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Denver. The Blues have set up a plan for Steen to succeed Doug Armstrong as general manager. Steen joined their front office as a consultant and development coach last year after a lengthy playing career that included winning the Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen is in line to become the first Swede to serve as an NHL general manager after the St. Louis Blues announced their front office succession plan Thursday.

Steen was named special assistant to GM Doug Armstrong, with the intent of taking over for him in 2026. The move also came with Armstrong getting a three-year extension as president of hockey operations through 2029.

Armstrong has been with the Blues since 2008 and has served as GM since 2010, building a team that has made the playoffs 10 of the past 13 years and won the Stanley Cup in 2019.

Steen, who was on that championship-winning team as part of his playing career that lasted from 2005-21, joined the team's front office as a consultant and development coach last year.

He is set to become just the second European GM, after Finland's Jarmo Kekalainen with the Columbus Blue Jackets.



The Associated Press

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