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Derek Armstrong

Born:Apr 23, 1973Draft: 1992 Islanders, 128th Overall
Hometown:Ottawa, OntarioPosition:Centre
Known For:AHL Calder Cup ChampionShoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Derek Armstrong (born April 23, 1973) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues during the 2009-2010 season. Drafted 128th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Armstrong spent three years with the organization, splitting time between the Islanders and their minor-league affiliate. After moving on to the Ottawa Senators for one season, and the New York Rangers for three seasons, he wasn’t able to hold a full-time spot in any of the lineups he dressed for, despite being one of the better American Hockey League players. In the 2000-01 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, he registered 101 points in 75 games, but played just three games with the Rangers.

In the summer of 2002, Armstrong was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2003 conditional 6th-round pick. He became an NHL regular with the Kings, appearing in 66 games, equalling his last five seasons combined with the Senators and Rangers. He logged 467 regular season games in Los Angeles, winning management over with his ruthless work ethic and personality. While the team failed to make the playoffs in every season Armstrong dressed for them, he remained a stable presence on the team’s bottom six. After the 2008-09 season, he joined the Blues but only dressed for six games, spending the majority of the season with their AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen. He retired at the conclusion of that season.

Derek Armstrong Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded ToTraded For
July 16, 2002 Conditional Pick 2003

Staff History

  • Boulder Jr. Bison, WSHL (Coach) 2011-2012
  • Denver Cutthroats, CHL (Head Coach) 2012-2014
  • Denver Cutthroats, CHL (Director of Hockey Operations) 2013-2014


  • IHL Turner Cup Champion (1995)
  • 3x AHL All-Star Game (1999, 2000, 2001)
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion (2000)
  • AHL Playoffs MVP (Jack A. Butterfield Trophy) (2000)
  • AHL Second All-Star Team (2000)
  • AHL First All-Star Team (2001)
  • AHL Most Points (John B. Sollenberger Trophy) (101) (2001)
  • AHL Most Valuable Player (Les Cunningham Award) (2001)