Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 18, 2011

Man of the Day 9/18: Colby Armstrong

Colby Joseph Armstrong

Born November 23, 1982 (age 28) in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada

Right winger and alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs

I do believe Colby is our first Saskatchewan boy! That’s where he began his hockey career, playing midget hockey in Saskatoon where he grew up – he attended school along with fellow NHL stars Jarret Stoll (Los Angeles) and Brayden and Luke Schenn (Philadelphia and Toronto respectively). He then played four seasons with the Red Deer Rebels, spending one last year with them after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001. He then spent three seasons with the Baby Pens before making his NHL debut in the 2005-06 season, where he earned 16 goals, 24 assists and a +15 in 40 games. The next season saw him sink overtime goals against Florida’s Ed Belfour, Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. The Pens belived in him enough to sign him to a 2-year deal. 

Chasing the puck.

In February 2008, he was part of a trade that sent him, Angelo Esposito and Erik Christensen to Atlanta in exchange for Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis. He ended that season by scoring 11 points in 18 games. The next year, the Thrashers signed him to a one-year deal, and he served as an alternate captain for the 2009-10 season. When he became a Free Range Hockey Player (a UFA) in 2010, he signed a three-year deal with the Maple Leafs, and although his first season with them wasn’t the best (8 goals and 15 assists in  50 games), he’s ready to go this fall. I think he’ll be great this season.

Congrats for a goal well done,

 – Krista

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