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Armstrong just completed his fifth season at the helm of a Blues team that won the Central Division before losing in the first playoff round to Minnesota. He was part of the management team for the Canadian squads who won Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014. The GM of those teams, Steve Yzerman, said after the Sochi Games that he wouldn’t take the job again.
The World Cup of Hockey takes place from Sept. 16 to Oct. 1, 2016 in Toronto, and will feature NHL players representing the “big six” hockey countries — Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.
There will also be two mixed-nationality teams — one composed of Europeans (excluding Russians, Swedes, Finns and Czechs), the other of Canadian and U.S. players who are 23 years old or under. In order to help fill out the latter roster, North Americans who fall into that age group are ineligible to play for their national teams.
Management for the North American under-23 team and the European team will be jointly decided by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.