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George Armstrong
Armstrong
Name George Armstrong
Position Center
Date of Birth July 6, 1930
Birthplace Skead, ON, Canada
Professional Career 1949-1971
Toronto Captain 1957-1969
Hall of Fame 1975

George Edward "Chief" Armstrong is a former professional hockey player who played twenty-one professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. George Armstrong was captain of the Maple Leafs for eleven seasons, and holds the club record for longest service as team captain. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975, Armstrong is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the championship with the Maple Leafs in 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1967.

CareerEdit

Armstrong was born on July 6, 1930 in Skead, Ontario. Armstrong began his hockey career playing with the Toronto Kroehlers of the Ontario Hockey Asociation in 1947-1948. He then was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1949, and played 2 NHL games before moving to the American Hockey League, where he played parts of two seasons with the Pittsburgh Hornets.

Armstrong finally earned a permanent spot with the Maple Leafs in the 1951-52 season, and went on to play twenty more seasons with the Maple Leafs. Nicknamed "the Chief", Armstrong served as the Maple Leafs' captain for eleven seasons, the longest such tenure in team history. Thus, while Armstrong was never regarded as a top-tier player, his steady leadership contributed to the longest string of success the Maple Leafs have seen to date. Armstrong scored an empty net goal in game six of the 1967 Stanley Cup playoffs to clinch the championship victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs have not won a championship since.

In 1188 career NHL games, Armstrong scored 296 goals, and recorded 417 assists for a total of 713 career points. In addition to being a four-time Stanley Cup champion, Armstrong is also a seven time all-star, playing in the All-Star Game in 156, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1968. His career total of 1188 career games played is a Maple Leaf record, and Armstrong is tied for sixth in franchise goal scoring and fifth all-time in points as a Maple Leaf. As evidence of his status as a complete player, Armstrong's total for penalty minutes of 721 ranks fifteenth all-time among Maple Leaf players. Armstrong was rewarded for his outstanding play in 1975, when he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Coaching CareerEdit

After his playing career, Armstrong moved on to a fairly successful coaching career. Armstrong coached the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League to a Memorial Cup championship in 1975, the same year with which Armstrong was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Armstrong's merit as a coach did not go unnoticed by the Maple Leafs, as Armstrong was appointed to serve as an interim head coach for the Maple Leafs for forty-seven regular season games during the 1988-89 season.

Career StatisticsEdit

As PlayerEdit

Regular Season Statistics
Year Gp G A P PIM
1949-1950 2 0 0 0 0
1951-1952 20 3 3 6 30
1952-1953 52 14 11 25 54
1953-1954 63 17 15 32 60
1954-1955 66 10 18 28 80
1955-1956 67 16 32 48 97
1956-1957 54 18 26 44 37
1957-1958 59 17 25 42 93
1958-1959 59 20 16 36 37
1959-1960 70 23 28 51 60
1960-1961 47 14 19 33 21
1961-1962 70 21 32 53 27
1962-1963 70 19 24 43 27
1963-1964 67 20 17 37 14
1964-1965 59 15 22 37 14
1965-1966 70 16 35 51 12
1966-1967 70 9 24 33 26
1967-1968 62 13 21 34 4
1968-1969 53 11 16 27 10
1969-1970 49 13 15 28 12
1970-1971 59 7 18 25 6
TOTALS 1188 296 417 713 721


Playoff Statistics
Year Gp G A P PIM
1951-1952 4 0 0 0 2
1953-1954 5 1 0 1 2
1954-1955 4 1 0 1 4
1955-1956 5 4 2 6 0
1958-1959 12 0 4 4 10
1959-1960 10 1 4 5 4
1960-1961 5 1 1 2 0
1961-1962 12 7 5 12 2
1962-1963 10 3 6 9 4
1963-1964 14 5 8 13 10
1964-1965 6 1 0 1 4
1965-1966 4 0 1 1 4
1966-1967 9 2 1 3 6
1968-1969 4 0 0 0 0
1970-1971 6 0 2 2 0
TOTALS 110 26 34 60 52


As Head CoachEdit

Regular Season Statistics
Year Gp W L T Playoff Result
1988-1989 47 17 26 4 Did not qualify
TOTALS 47 17 26 4 0 Playoff Appearances
  • Came in as mid-season replacement

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