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Born November 23, 1982 (1982-11-23) (age 27),
Lloydminster, SK
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Atlanta Thrashers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2001
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2002 – present

Colby Joesph Armstrong (born on November 23, 1982 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Early life

Armstrong grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the city's northeastern neighborhood of Erindale, where he continues to live in the off-season. He played youth hockey with the Saskatoon Red Wings and the Saskatoon Blazers. Additionally, as a child he was a figure-skater. He, along with Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll attended St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon.

Playing career

Armstrong was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the 21st pick overall.

In the 2005–06 season, he made his NHL debut, and had a superb rookie campaign, in which he played 47 games tallying 40 points (16G, 24A) and was a team-high plus-15.

Armstrong had three overtime goals for the Penguins in the 2006–07 season, beating Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers, Ed Belfour of the Florida Panthers, and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Armstrong avoided an arbitration hearing, in 2006–2007 off-season, by re-signing him to two year deal that pays $1.2 million annually.[1]

Armstrong became very close friends with former teammate Sidney Crosby while playing for the Penguins.

He was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship-winning team. His only goal of the tournament was the game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Finland in Moscow, which Canada won 4–2.

Pittsburgh traded Armstrong on February 26, 2008 to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Angelo Esposito, Erik Christensen, and a first round pick in exchange for Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis. He currently serves as one of the team's alternate captains. On July 16, 2009 he resigned with the Thrashers for a reported $2.4 million annually.

His younger brother, Riley Armstrong, is a minor leaguer in the Detroit Red Wings organization.

Personal life

Armstrong married girlfriend of four years, Melissa Lavelle, on June 20, 2009 at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta.[citation needed] It has been reported that Ryan Malone, Mark Eaton, and Scottie Upshall were in attendance.[citation needed] The Armstrongs are expecting their first child in June 2010.[citation needed]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Sask. Blazers SMHL 33 21 19 40 103
1998–99 Red Deer Rebels WHL 1 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 68 13 25 38 122 2 0 1 1 11
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 36 42 78 156 21 6 6 12 29
2001–02 Red Deer Rebels WHL 64 27 41 68 115 23 6 10 16 22
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 73 7 11 18 76 3 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 67 10 17 27 71 24 3 1 4 45
2004–05 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 80 18 37 55 89 10 4 2 6 14
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 16 24 40 58
2005–06 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 31 11 18 29 44
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 12 22 34 67 5 0 1 1 11
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 54 9 15 24 50
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 18 4 7 11 6
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 22 18 40 75
NHL totals 281 63 86 149 256 5 0 1 1 11

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