Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Murray Armstrong
Raised in Regina, "Army" played junior in that city before making his way to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1937-38 season. Two years later he was involved in one of the biggest trades of the decade. He, Busher Jackson, Buzz Boll, and Doc Romnes were sent to the New York Americans for scoring sensation Sweeney Schriner.

Armstrong had three productive years on Broadway and then joined the Canadian forces. While stationed in Regina, he played for and coached the Regina Army Caps, one of the finest teams of its kind ever assembled. The top line featured himself with Don Metz and Red Tilson. He was then signed by Jack Adams in Detroit but midway through his third season in Motown he was demoted when Jack Adams called up an 18-year old named Gordon Howe.

In 1946-47 Armstrong wound up on a team called the Dallas Texans. He was the coach and star player, leading the team to the championship and being named league MVP.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1931-32 Regina Pats S-SJHL 3 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 2 0
1931-32 Regina Pats M-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1932-33 Regina Pats S-SJHL 3 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 10
1932-33 Regina Pats M-Cup 13 9 2 11 29
1933-34 Regina Pats S-SJHL 2 4 2 6 0
1933-34 Regina Pats M-Cup 4 2 1 3 4
1934-35 Regina Victorias S-SSHL 22 9 6 15 15 6 2 1 3 2
1935-36 New York Rovers EAHL 32 15 23 38 18 7 1 2 3 0
1936-37 Syracuse Stars IAHL 43 14 21 35 8 8 4 6 10 6
1937-38 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Syracuse Stars IAHL 35 7 31 38 10 5 3 1 4 0
1938-39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 1 1 0
1938-39 Syracuse Stars IAHL 50 27 27 54 10 3 1 1 2 0
1939-40 New York Americans NHL 47 16 20 36 12 3 0 0 0 0
1940-41 New York Americans NHL 48 10 14 24 6
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 45 6 22 28 15
1942-43 Regina Army Caps SSHL 24 29 32 61 36 5 5 12 17 4
1942-43 Regina Army Caps Al-Cup 4 1 5 6 4
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 28 12 22 34 4 5 0 2 2 0
1944-45 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 15 24 39 31 14 4 2 6 2
1945-46 Detroit Red Wings NHL 40 8 18 26 4 5 0 2 2 0
1946-47 Buffalo Bisons AHL 19 10 8 18 4
1946-47 Dallas Texans USHL 42 15 31 46 10 6 0 3 3 0
1947-48 Regina Pats SJHL
NHL Totals 270 67 121 188 72 30 4 6 10 2


EAHL Second All-Star Team (1936)
Herman W. Paterson Cup (USHL - MVP) (1947)
Lester Patrick Trophy (1977)
Claimed by Toronto from NY Rangers (Philadelphia-Can-Am) in Inter-League Draft, May 7, 1936. Traded to NY Americans by Toronto with Buzz Boll, Busher Jackson, Jimmy Fowler and Doc Romnes for Sweeney Schriner, May 18, 1939. Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season. Rights transferred to Detroit from Brooklyn in Special Dispersal Draw, September 11, 1943.