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Doug Armstrong to lead Canada as GM going into World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO -- Doug Armstrong was named Monday as the general manager for two-time defending Olympic champion Canada ahead of next year's NHL/NHLPA World Cup of Hockey.

The event, which will air on ESPN, will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1, 2016. As always, the pressure on the world's biggest hockey-mad country to win will be through the roof.

"Exciting, it's exciting," Armstrong, the GM of the St. Louis Blues, said after the announcement. "You know going in what the expectations are. But the players and the coaches know going in what the expectations are, and I don't think you'd want it any other way."

Joining Armstrong's management staff on Team Canada for the World Cup are Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens, Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings and Scott Salmond of Hockey Canada.

Armstrong was part of the management staff for Canada's Olympic gold-medal wins in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014). He takes over as GM for Steve Yzerman, who was at the helm of both Olympic teams in 2010 and 2014 but stepped down immediately after the Sochi Games.

Dean Lombardi of the Kings is expected to be named GM of Team USA later this summer, a source told ESPN.com on Monday.

The World Cup of Hockey was last held in September 2004 and won by Canada.

In fact, Canada has won four of the past five "best-on-best" world hockey events, winning the Olympic gold at Salt Lake City in 2002, the World Cup in 2004 and golds in Vancouver and Sochi.