(KSDK Sports) -- In a move that should ensure stability at the top of the franchise, the St. Louis Blues today announced a five year contract extension for the NHL's 2012 General Manager of the Year, Doug Armstrong.

The contract extension keeps Armstrong at the Blues helm through the 2017-2018 season.

Prior to joining the Blues, Armstrong spent 17 years with the Dallas Stars during which the franchise earned two Pacific Division titles, two Presidents' Trophies, two Western Conference titles and the 1999 Stanley Cup championship.

Armstrong was the NHL general manager of the year last season as the Blues won their first Central Division title since 2000, tied for the second-best point total in the league and were the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs.

Blues was named GM in July 2010 after two seasons as vice president of player personnel. During his tenure, the Blues have added coach Ken Hitchcock and the goalie tandem of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak, who won the Jennings Trophy after coming for a league-leading 15 shutouts.

KSDK Sports Directorattendedtoday's press conference and is enroute back to thetelevision station with video and interviews with Blues team owner Tom Stillmand and of course Doug Armstrong.

As soon as the video arrives, we'll post

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