JULY 6, 1930


Born in Skead, Ontario, Armstrong grew up in nearby Sudbury.  The Toronto Maple Leafs discovered him playing with the Copper Cliff Jr. Redmen in 1946-47.  The next year, with the Leafs’ Junior ‘A’ affiliate in Stratford, he led the league in scoring and was MVP.  After 2 years with the Leafs’ junior & senior Toronto Marlboros affiliates, he moved up to their Pittsburgh AHL farm team.  He joined the big club for the 1952-53 season.  Armstrong, not a great skater, was rarely out of position.  Named Leafs’ captain in the 1957-58 season, Conn Smythe called him the best captain the Leafs ever had.  In 20 seasons, he scored 20+ goals 4 times and led the Leafs to 4 NHL Stanley Cup Championships.  Retiring in 1971, “Chief” coached the Marlboros to Memorial Cup victories before scouting for the Quebec Nordiques from 1978-1987.  Rejoining the Leafs, he served as assistant general manager, scout, and, in 1988, as interim coach.  Armstrong entered the Hall of Fame in 1975. The Leafs have retired his number 10.

Source:  “George Armstrong Biography,” Hockey Hall of Fame.  Retrieved 5/27/2020, https://www.hhof.com/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197501&type=Player&page=bio&list=
Photo:  Toronto Maple Leafs, 1970.    Public Domain in U.S.  Elsewhere Fair Use.  

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