Hockey Canada has announced the management team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics, which will be led by St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. He’ll be joined by Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland, Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis, Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney, and Florida Panthers special assistant Roberto Luongo, who will all serve as assistant general managers for the event. Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada, released a statement on the management group:
It is an exciting time to be able to introduce the members of Canada’s management group, who each bring a tremendous amount of international and championship experience that will benefit our team if NHL players are able to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Under Doug’s leadership, as well as that of our entire management group, we’re thrilled to task them to lead us into 2022, with the opportunity to oversee our staff and players as they compete for an Olympic gold medal.
The management staff’s resumes speak for themselves, including Luongo who is a relative newcomer to front office work but won two Olympic gold medals as a player. Armstrong, Holland, and Francis have been involved in international events many times before, but Sweeney is getting his first taste of Hockey Canada after a long successful stretch with the Bruins. He joined Boston in 2006 as director of player development and worked his way up to GM in 2015.
Though the NHL’s inclusion in the Olympics isn’t an absolute guarantee, it does feel inevitable because of the work the league and union put in on the last CBA. These appointments only strengthen the idea that players like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Nathan MacKinnon will be teammates next year.