Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Norm Armstrong
Norm Armstrong enjoyed body checking and fighting equally, though his only call to the big-time came when Bob Baun and Bob Nevin were injured and Toronto coach Punch Imlach summoned him from the farm. On his first shift, he carried the puck over the blueline, shot, and scored. Just 25 seconds into his first shift, his was one of the fastest rookie goals ever.

The next game he got his only assist, and after five more uneventful games he was back in the minors. One of the greatest members of the Rochester Americans, Armstrong's contributions to the game come from his AHL days. He played almost nine full seasons and more than 500 games with the Americans. His number 6 was retired in 1985, and a year later he was among the inaugural inductees into the Rochester Hockey Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1958-59 Sarnia Legionnaires ON-Jr.B 45 21 25 46
1959-60 Wallaceburg Hornets OHA-Sr. 36 3 13 16
1960-61 Charlotte Checkers EHL 64 8 13 21 192
1961-62 Charlotte Checkers EHL 2 0 1 1 2
1961-62 Philadelphia Ramblers EHL 66 17 30 47 212 3 0 1 1 6
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 1 1 2 2
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 18 1 6 7 30
1962-63 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 44 14 23 37 144 8 2 3 5 21
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 67 17 13 30 112 2 0 1 1 4
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 70 32 14 46 123 10 2 3 5 17
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 67 14 26 40 146 12 0 0 0 12
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 11 2 5 7 8
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 57 13 34 47 77
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 54 13 25 38 112 1 0 0 0 6
1968-69 Rochester Americans AHL 74 29 40 69 133
1969-70 Rochester Americans AHL 70 30 45 75 117
1970-71 Rochester Americans AHL 44 13 17 30 101
1970-71 Springfield Kings AHL 10 0 16 16 15 3 0 0 0 6
1971-72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 68 9 15 24 61 18 2 2 4 19
1972-73 Rochester Americans AHL 45 4 5 9 22 5 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 7 1 1 2 2


Traded to Los Angeles (Springfield-AHL) by Toronto for Don Westbrooke, February, 1971. Claimed by Baltimore (AHL) from Los Angeles in Reverse Draft, June 8, 1971.
Died of injuries suffered in industrial accident, July 23, 1974.
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