Colby Armstrong

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Colby Armstrong
ColbyArmstrong.jpg
Armstrong during his tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins
Born (1982-11-23) November 23, 1982 (age 31)
Lloydminster, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
SHL team
Former teams
Växjö Lakers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlanta Thrashers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2001
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2002–present

Colby Joseph Armstrong (born November 23, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Armstong previously enjoyed a 8 year career in the National Hockey League. His younger brother, Riley Armstrong, also played in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks.

Early life[edit]

Armstrong grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the city's northeastern neighborhood of Erindale, where he continues to live in the off-season. He played youth hockey with the Saskatoon Red Wings and the Saskatoon Blazers. Additionally, as a child he was a figure-skater. He, along with Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll, Philadelphia Flyers brothers Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn, attended St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon.

Playing career[edit]

Armstrong was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the 21st pick overall.

In the 2005–06 season, he made his NHL debut, and had a superb rookie season, in which he played 47 games tallying 40 points (16G, 24A) and was a team-high plus-15.

Armstrong had three overtime goals for the Penguins in the 2006–07 season, beating Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers, Ed Belfour of the Florida Panthers, and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Armstrong avoided an arbitration hearing, in 2006–2007 off-season, by re-signing him to two-year deal that paid US$1.2 million annually.[1]

Armstrong became very close friends with former teammate Sidney Crosby while playing for the Penguins.

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship-winning team. His only goal of the tournament was the game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Finland in Moscow, which Canada won 4–2.

Pittsburgh traded Armstrong on February 26, 2008 to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen, and a first round pick in exchange for Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis.[2] He then scored 11 points in 18 games to finish out the 2007–08 season with the Thrashers.

On July 16, 2009 he re-signed with the Thrashers to a one-year $2.4 million contract. He served as one of the team's alternate captains during the 2009–10 season.

On July 1, 2010, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $3 million per year for three years.[3] With his first two seasons largely affected by injury and inconsistent play, on June 30, 2012, he was bought out by the Maple Leafs from his final season of his contract.

With the opening of free agency the next day on July 1, 2012, Armstrong was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.[4] During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Armstrong predominately played on the fourth line as a part of a revitalised Canadiens team, contributing with just 5 points in 37 games, to help qualify for the playoffs.

On July 27, 2013, Armstrong left the NHL as a free agent and signed his first European contract with the Växjö Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL 33 21 19 40 103
1998–99 Red Deer Rebels WHL 1 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 68 13 25 38 122 2 0 1 1 11
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 36 42 78 156 21 6 6 12 29
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 64 27 41 68 115 23 6 10 16 22
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 73 7 11 18 76 3 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 67 10 17 27 71 24 3 1 4 45
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 18 37 55 89 10 4 2 6 14
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 16 24 40 58
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 31 11 18 29 44
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 12 22 34 67 5 0 1 1 11
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 9 15 24 50
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 4 7 11 6
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 22 18 40 75
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 79 15 14 29 61
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 8 15 23 61
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 1 2 3 9
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 37 2 3 5 12 4 0 0 0 15
NHL totals 476 89 120 209 376 9 0 1 1 26

Transactions[edit]

  • On July 1, 2010 the Toronto Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent Colby Armstrong to a 3-year contract.
  • On July 1, 2012 the Toronto Maple Leafs bought out the contract of Colby Armstrong making player an unrestricted free agent.
  • On July 1, 2012 the Montreal Canadiens signed unrestricted free agent Colby Armstrong to a 1-year contract.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pens re-sign Armstrong". pittsburghlive.com. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Penguins get Hossa, hoping he's the missing piece to their Cup". ESPN. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Maple Leafs ink Colby Armstrong". The Globe and Mail. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Canadiens sign Free Agents Prust, Bouillon, Armstrong". Montreal Gazette. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Colby Armstrong official profile". Twitter. 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  6. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". NHL. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "PENGUINS RE-SIGN RIGHT WING COLBY ARMSTRONG - Pittsburgh Penguins". Pittsburgh Penguins. August 12, 2005. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "PENGUINS RE-SIGN ARMSTRONG TO ONE-YEAR DEAL - Pittsburgh Penguins - News". Pittsburgh Penguins. July 21, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Penguins Re-Sign Colby Armstrong - Pittsburgh Penguins - News". July 12, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "PENS ACQUIRE HOSSA, DUPUIS FROM ATLANTA - Pittsburgh Penguins - News". Pittsburgh Penguins. February 26, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Canadiens sign Colby Armstrong to a one-year contract - Montréal Canadiens - News". Montreal Canadiens. July 2, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Brooks Orpik
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Ryan Whitney