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Colby Armstrong
Colby Armstrong
Right Wing
(AHRM-strawng, KOHL-bee)
Number: 20
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Born: Nov 23, 1982
Birthplace: Lloydminster, SK, Canada
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Drafted: PIT / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (21st overall)

Colby Armstrong followed up his rookie season with a successful sophomore campaign in 2006-07.

He posted 34 points (12+22) in 80 games for the Penguins. Armstrong came through in the clutch for the Penguins as all 12 of his goals this season came when the game was tied or the Penguins were trailing.

In addition, he tied a record with three overtime goals this season. His overtime tally on March 10 against the New York Rangers tied Jaromir Jagr’s team record established in 1998-99 and matched by Aleksey Morozov (2003-04), Ryan Malone (2003-04) and Sidney Crosby (2005-06).

Armstrong was been one of the Penguins’ top penalty killers as he led the Penguins in short-handed time on the ice.

He was selected to play for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship tournament in Moscow. Armstrong had one goal and one assist in nine games. His goal proved to be the tournament-winning tally as Canada beat Finland, 4-2 to claim the gold medal.

2005-06: Colby Armstrong was another Penguins rookie standout in 2005-06. Armstrong tallied 40 points (16+24) in 47 games for the Penguins. He thrived once he was put on Sidney Crosby’s right wing. The two enjoyed instant chemistry as Crosby set up nine of Armstrong’s 16 goals, while seven of Armstrong’s 24 assists were on Crosby tallies. Armstrong closed the season with points in four-straight games (3+5).

In addition, Armstrong led the Penguins with a plus-15 rating. He ranked 10th among all NHL players and fourth among NHL rookies in shooting percentage (18.6 percent). He ranked fourth among rookies in shooting percentage, tied for fourth in plus/minus, tied for fifth with two short-handed goals and tied for ninth with three game-winning goals.

2004-05:  Appeared in all 80 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), during the regular season…Established new career-highs in goals (18), assists (37) and points (55)…Tied for third in scoring and tied for fifth in plus/minus (+9)…Led team with three short-handed goals…Plus or even in 65 of 80 games…Recorded six points (4+2) and 14 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games…Tied for first on team in playoff goals

2003-04:  Played in 67 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 27 points (10+17) and 71 penalty minutes…Plus or even in 56 of 67 games…Missed 11 games with a hairline fracture of right fibula…Played in all 24 playoff games, recording four points (3+1) and 45 penalty minutes

2002-03:  Played in 73 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, during his first pro season…Recorded 18 points (7+11) and 76 penalty minutes…Scored two power-play goals Oct. 10 vs. Saint John in his pro debut…Appeared in three playoff games going scoreless

2001-02:  Ranked third on Red Deer (WHL) in scoring with 68 points (27+41)…Tied for first with eight game-winning goals, tied for second with two short-handed goals, tied for third in goals, ranked third in assists, ranked third with nine power-play goals and ranked sixth with 115 penalty minutes…Served as the team’s captain…Tied for fourth on the team in playoff scoring with 16 points (6+10)…Led the team with 32 penalty minutes…Scored two game-winning goals, helping Red Deer to the Memorial Cup championship

2000-01:  Ranked fourth on Red Deer in scoring with 78 points (36+42) in 72 games…Ranked sixth on the team with 156 penalty minutes…Ranked third on the team in goals and was third with eight game-winning goals…Recorded two points (1+1) in the 2001 CHL Top Prospects game

1999-00:  Ranked fourth on Red Deer in scoring with 38 points (13+25) in 68 games…Ranked sixth on the team with 122 penalty minutes…Led the team with a plus-30 rating

 

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