|Born:||June 26, 1975||Draft:||1993 Panthers, 57th Overall|
|Known For:||U20 WJC Gold Medal (1994)||Shoots:||Left|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Chris Armstrong (born June 26, 1975) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2002-2003 season. Drafted 57th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Armstrong was a standout defenseman in the Western Hockey League (WHL) after he posted back-to-back point-per-game seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Joining the American Hockey League (AHL) in 1995, Armstrong suited up for the Carolina Monarchs for two seasons and recorded consecutive nine-goal campaigns.
After splitting the following three seasons between the AHL and International Hockey League (IHL), Armstrong made his NHL debut with the Minnesota Wild. Unfortunately, his stint only lasted three games and after registering no points and a minus-3 rating, Armstrong was demoted to the IHL for the remainder of the season. After failing to earn another chance during the 2001-02 season, Armstrong spent the following year in Europe, splitting the season between the Swiss National League and Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).
In 2003, Armstrong signed with the Ducks as a free agent and earned four games with the NHL club. He recorded his first and only point, an assist, but once again relinquished his spot on the roster and was sent back down to the AHL. Armstrong opted to leave back to Europe in 2004, joining the DEL and playing five seasons with ERC Ingolstadt and the Frankfurt Lions. He returned for one more year in the AHL, in a limited capacity with the Springfield Falcons, and later retired at the conclusion of the season.
Chris Armstrong Statistics
- CHL Second All-Star Team (1994)
- U20 WJC Gold Medal (1994)
- WHL (East) First All-Star Team (1994)
- WHL (East) Second All-Star Team (1995)
- AHL Most Assists by Defenseman (37) (2004)