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A former player has been named general manager of the St. Louis Blues


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Sam Jones
June 13, 2024  (11:32)
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A former player has been named general manager of the St. Louis Blues
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In an unprecedented leap from ice to executive suite, Alexander Steen, just four seasons post his playing days with the St. Louis Blues, is set to take on the role of general manager starting next season.

This significant transition marks a new chapter for Steen and the Blues alike.
Has signed an extension to remain involved with the team as President of Hockey Operations through the 2028-29 season. Meanwhile, Alexander Steen will step up as General Manager in 2026, following his mentorship under Armstrong. The St. Louis Blues highlighted this leadership shift in a recent announcement:
Doug Armstrong has signed an extension to remain as President of Hockey Operations through the 2028-29 season. Alexander Steen will take over as General Manager in 2026.

Steen's retirement from professional hockey was effectively sealed as he embraced his new role, learning from Armstrong over the next couple of seasons. The transition points to a deeper strategy within the Blues' management, preparing Steen through a practical, guided approach.
Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2002, Steen's journey to the Blues' management began following his trade from Toronto to St. Louis in 2008, alongside players Carlo Coliacovo and Lee Stempniak. Steen's tenure with the Blues culminated in a 2019 Cup victory, a testament to his significant impact both on and off the ice.
It's rare to witness a player transition so swiftly into a crucial managerial role within the same organization. Steen's elevation to general manager not only speaks to his profound influence and respect within the team but also signals a potentially transformative era for the Blues.
His intimate knowledge of the team's dynamics and culture is expected to bring valuable insights and continuity to his new role.
This significant change in leadership reflects a broader trend in sports where former players are trusted with the reins of team management, a move that seems to promise a blend of field experience with strategic oversight.
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