Murray Armstrong


Murray Armstrong (Manor, SK) was born in Manor, Saskatchewan on New Year’s Day, 1916. Armstrong played Junior hockey with the Regina Pats, playing in the 1933 Memorial Cup. Armstrong  made his National Hockey League debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1937–38 season. Two years later he was involved in one of the biggest trades of the decade. Armstrong, Busher Jackson, Buzz Boll, and Doc Romnes were sent to the New York Americans in exchange for Sweeney Schriner. He played three years with New York before World War II, in which he went to play and coach for the Regina Army Caps. Following his army service, Armstrong was signed by Jack Adams in Detroit, but halfway through his third season he was demoted after Adams called up an 18-year-old named Gordie Howe. In 270 career NHL games, Armstrong scored 67 goals and 121 assists for 188 points

After ten years in the NHL, Armstrong would continue a long and distinguished coaching career. As the coach of the Regina Pats for eight years, from 1948-1956 he led the club to five Western Hockey League finals and four Memorial Cup Finals. Following his time with the Pats, Armstrong would take his coaching skills to the University of Denver, where he would coach from 1955 to 1977, delivering 5 NCAA championships and three times runners-up. Murray would be, awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1977, inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

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