Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Armstrong
A bruising, hard-hitting defenceman, Armstrong anchored the Boston blueline for every one of his 542 career NHL games after graduating from Stratford in junior hockey. He never rushed the puck, got into plenty of fights, and made it to the Stanley Cup finals twice, losing to Montreal in 1953 and again in 1957.

He played junior in Stratford in the late 1940s until breaking in with the Bruins in 1950-51. The following year was entirely with the farm team in Hershey until the playoffs when he was called up as a stopgap measure and played in five games. Amrstrong spent most on the next dozen years in the NHL.

In 1961-62, he started the season, as usual, in Boston, but was demoted after nine games. Two years later, he retired.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1948-49 Stratford Kroehlers OHA-Jr. 37 6 5 11 33 3 0 1 1 2
1949-50 Stratford Kroehlers OHA-Jr. 46 10 12 22 50
1950-51 Stratford Kroehlers OHA-Jr. 52 13 16 29 87 3 2 1 3 9
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 67 6 15 21 61 5 0 0 0 4
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 2
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 55 0 8 8 45 11 1 1 2 10
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 64 2 10 12 81 4 0 1 1 0
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 57 1 3 4 38 5 0 0 0 2
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 68 0 12 12 122
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 57 1 15 16 79 10 0 3 3 10
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 47 1 4 5 66
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 26 5 11 16 37 13 5 8 13 31
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 60 1 9 10 50 7 0 2 2 4
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 69 5 14 19 96
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 54 0 10 10 72
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 9 2 1 3 20
1961-62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 61 6 28 34 116 13 1 3 4 10
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 70 1 28 29 89 2 1 0 1 4
NHL Totals 542 13 86 99 671 42 1 7 8 28


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1960) Loaned to Montreal (Hull-Ottawa-EPHL) by Boston with the loan of Dallas Smith and cash for Wayne Connelly, October 26, 1961.