April 23, 1973|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
New York Islanders|
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues
128th overall, 1992|
New York Islanders
Derek Armstrong (born April 23, 1973) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. Armstrong used to be head coach of the disbanded Central Hockey League's Denver Cutthroats. He is best known for his time in the National Hockey League, where he played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues.
Derek Armstrong spent the majority of his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings. After being taken by the New York Islanders in the 6th round, 128th overall of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Armstrong finally played his first full NHL campaign in the 2002–03 season, after having spent eight years in the minor leagues. Most of his non-NHL stints were in the two "AAA" North American development leagues: American Hockey League and International Hockey League.
Due to the NHL lockout, as some NHL players did, Armstrong went to Europe, to play hockey in the Swiss National League A, for SC Rapperswil-Jona, totaling 17 points in only 12 games. Statistically, his best season was the 2006–07 campaign when he had 44 points as seventh place in Kings' points that year.
Armstrong signed with the St. Louis Blues on September 8, 2009, where he finished his final pro season playing for his former LA King coach, Andy Murray.
On April 11, 2012, Armstrong was named head coach of the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League. Despite his NHL career, he is best known in Denver for being part of the Denver Grizzlies' 1994-95 Turner Cup championship in the team's only season in Denver (though they would later move to Salt Lake City and become the Utah Grizzlies, the team's success is widely credited for attracting the Quebec Nordiques to Denver that following offseason, where they would become the Colorado Avalanche). After two seasons with the Denver Cutthroats as head coach, Armstrong was then appointed as team president.
|1993–94||Salt Lake Golden Eagles||IHL||76||23||35||58||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||New York Islanders||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||New York Islanders||NHL||19||1||3||4||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||New York Islanders||NHL||50||6||7||13||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||54||16||30||46||40||15||2||6||8||22|
|1998–99||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||59||29||51||80||73||7||5||4||9||10|
|1999–2000||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||77||28||54||82||101||23||7||16||23||24|
|1999–2000||New York Rangers||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||75||32||69||101||73||5||0||6||6||6|
|2000–01||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||66||12||26||38||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||57||14||21||35||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||62||13||28||41||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||67||11||33||44||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||77||8||27||35||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||56||5||4||9||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||St. Louis Blues||NHL||6||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|AHL Second All-Star Team||1999–2000|
|Jack A. Butterfield Trophy - Calder Cup Playoffs MVP||1999–2000|
|AHL First All-Star Team||2000–01|
|John B. Sollenberger Trophy - AHL Top Scorer||2000–01|
|Les Cunningham Award - AHL Most Valuable Player||2000–01|||
|CHL Coach of the Year||2013–14|||
- "Meet the Newest Coach in the CHL - Derek Armstrong". Central Hockey League. April 11, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "CHL Welcomes Denver for the 2012-13 Season". Central Hockey League. April 11, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Dater, Adrian (April 10, 2012). "New Denver pro hockey team introduced; could be called Cutthroats". DenverPost.com. The Denver Post. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Dater, Adrian (May 1, 2012). "Denver's CHL expansion team open for business at LoDo office". DenverPost.com. The Denver Post. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "Newest Pro Hockey Franchise To Be Named Cutthroats". Central Hockey League. May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on January 18, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "Derek Armstrong at the Internet Hockey database". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- The Denver Post - Denver Cutthroats’ Derek Armstrong named CHL Coach of the Year