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George Armstrong (ice hockey)

George Armstrong
Born July 6, 1930 (1930-07-06) (age 80),
Skead, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
AHL
Pittsburgh Hornets
Playing career 1949'1971
Hall of Fame, 1975

George Edward "Chief" Armstrong (born July 6, 1930 in Skead, Ontario), is a retired professional Irish-Algonquin ice hockey player.[1]

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[edit] Playing career

Armstrong played professionally from 1949 until 1971 (including the 1950'51 and 1951'52 seasons in the AHL). Nicknamed "The Chief" due to his native heritage, Armstrong played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for twenty-one seasons and served as the team's captain for eleven of them, the longest such tenure in Leafs' history. Thus, while Armstrong was never regarded as a true star his steady leadership contributed to a huge string of success. Armstrong scored an empty net goal in game six of the 1967 Stanley Cup playoffs to clinch the Cup victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs have not won the Cup since. He is currently a scout for the Leafs.

[edit] Individual honours

[edit] Coaching career

George Armstrong coached the Toronto Marlboros to a Memorial Cup championship in 1975, the same year he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

During the 1988'89 season, Armstrong served as head coach of the Leafs for forty-seven games.

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR 1988'89 47 17 26 4 - (62) 5th in Norris Did not qualify

[edit] Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1947'48 Stratford Kroehlers OHA 36 33 40 73 33 ' ' ' ' '
1949'50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0 ' ' ' ' '
1950'51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 71 15 33 48 49 13 4 9 13 6
1951'52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 50 30 29 59 62 ' ' ' ' '
1951'52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 20 3 3 6 4 0 0 0 0 2
1952'53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 14 11 25 54 ' ' ' ' '
1953'54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 17 15 32 60 5 1 0 1 2
1954'55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 10 18 28 80 4 1 0 1 4
1955'56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 16 32 48 97 5 4 2 6 0
1956'57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 18 26 44 37 ' ' ' ' '
1957'58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 17 25 42 93 ' ' ' ' '
1958'59 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 20 16 36 37 12 0 4 4 10
1959'60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 23 28 51 60 10 1 4 5 4
1960'61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 14 19 33 21 5 1 1 2 0
1961'62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 21 32 53 27 12 7 5 12 2
1962'63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 19 24 43 27 10 3 6 9 4
1963'64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 20 17 37 14 14 5 8 13 10
1964'65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 15 22 37 14 6 1 0 1 4
1965'66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 16 35 51 12 4 0 1 1 4
1966'67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 9 24 33 26 9 2 1 3 6
1967'68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 13 21 34 4 ' ' ' ' '
1968'69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 11 16 27 10 4 0 0 0 0
1969'70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 49 13 15 28 12 ' ' ' ' '
1970'71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 7 18 25 6 6 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 1188 296 417 713 721 110 26 34 60 52

[edit] Other

Armstrong is also the uncle of former first overall draft pick Dale McCourt.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] References

Preceded by
Ted Kennedy
Toronto Maple Leafs captains
1957'69
Succeeded by
Dave Keon
Preceded by
John Brophy
Head coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1988'1989
Succeeded by
Doug Carpenter




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