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Position: Right Wing
Birthdate: July 6, 1930
Birthplace: Skead, Ontario
First Season: 1949-50, with Toronto
Last Season: 1970-71, with Toronto
Teams: Toronto (1950-71)
 
 
Career Stats GP G A PTS PIM
Leaf Totals 1187 296 417 713 721
NHL Totals 1187 296 417 713 721
 

On May 2, 1967, Leaf Captain George Armstrong accepted the Stanley Cup on behalf of his team and proudly lifted it above his shoulders. It was the fourth and last time Armstrong, the longest serving captain in team history, would pose for a picture with the trophy and the last time for any Leaf captain. Throughout his hockey career Armstrong has led teams to championship seasons. He won both the Memorial and Allan Cup while a junior and an AHL championship in Pittsburgh before leading the Leafs through the franchise's dynasty years of the 1960s.

George Armstrong didn't light-up the scoreboard like some of his teammates, but his sound positional play, dependability and strength of character made him one of the most important players to ever wear the Maple Leaf on his chest. His contributions went beyond the score sheet. Armstrong certainly chipped in offensively, recording 713 points in 21 seasons with the team, but it is his leadership and resilience for which he will be most remembered

George Armstrong lives in Toronto and is still a member of the Maple Leaf scouting staff. After retiring, Armstrong spent time coaching the Toronto Marlboros and, for a brief time (1988-89), the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

At a 1950 junior tournament George Armstrong was given the nickname "Chief Shoot-the-puck" by a Native Canadian tribe in Alberta. The name "Chief" stuck with Armstrong. This was partly due to his Native heritage, but mostly because of the moniker's leadership connotations. Armstrong was perhaps the most effective leader in team history, captaining his team for 13 (1957-69) of 21 seasons in the league. The "Chief" accepted the Stanley Cup on behalf of his teammates in 1962, 63, 64 and 67, wore the captain's "C" with pride in the community, and has secured his unique place among the legends of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey club.


  • Honoured Jersey Number, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1997-98
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, 1975
  • Awarded J.P. Bickell Memorial Cup, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1959
  • Toronto Maple Leaf record for career assists (417) and points (713) by a RW
  • Toronto Maple Leaf record for career seasons (21) and games (1,187) played


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