George Armstrong
Position Centre
Shot Right
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
204 lb (93 kg)
Teams NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Hornets
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 6 1930 (1930-07-06) (age 89),
Skead, Ontario
Pro Career 19491971
Hall of Fame, 1975

George Edward "Chief" Armstrong (born on July 6, 1930, in Skead, Ontario, Canada), is a retired professional player. He won the Allan Cup with the Toronto Marlboros in 1950.

Playing CareerEdit

Armstrong played professionally from 1949 until 1971 (including the 1950–51 and 1951–52 seasons in the AHL). Nicknamed "The Chief" due to his First Nations heritage, Armstrong played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for twenty-one seasons and served as the team's captain for eleven of them, the longest such tenure in Leafs' history. Thus, while Armstrong was never regarded as a true star his steady leadership contributed to a huge string of success. Armstrong scored an empty net goal in game six of the 1967 Stanley Cup playoffs to clinch the Cup victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs have not won the Cup since. He is currently a scout for the Leafs.

Individual HonoursEdit

Coaching CareerEdit

George Armstrong coached the Toronto Marlboros to a Memorial Cup championship in 1975, the same year he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. This completed a rare triple in Canadian hockey - winning the Stanley Cup, Allan Cup, and Memorial Cup.

During the 1988–89 season, Armstrong served as head coach of the Leafs for forty-seven games.

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR1988–89 4717264-(62)5th in NorrisDid Not Qualify

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1947–48Stratford KroehlersOHA3633407333
1949–50Toronto Maple LeafsNHL20000
1950–51Pittsburgh HornetsAHL71153348491349136
1951–52Pittsburgh HornetsAHL5030295962
1951–52Toronto Maple LeafsNHL20336400002
1952–53Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5214112554
1953–54Toronto Maple LeafsNHL631715326051012
1954–55Toronto Maple LeafsNHL661018288041014
1955–56Toronto Maple LeafsNHL671632489754260
1956–57Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5418264437
1957–58Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5917254293
1958–59Toronto Maple LeafsNHL59201636371204410
1959–60Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7023285160101454
1960–61Toronto Maple LeafsNHL471419332151120
1961–62Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70213253271275122
1962–63Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7019244327103694
1963–64Toronto Maple LeafsNHL672017371414581310
1964–65Toronto Maple LeafsNHL591522371461014
1965–66Toronto Maple LeafsNHL701635511240114
1966–67Toronto Maple LeafsNHL70924332692136
1967–68Toronto Maple LeafsNHL621321344
1968–69Toronto Maple LeafsNHL531116271040000
1969–70Toronto Maple LeafsNHL4913152812
1970–71Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5971825660220
NHL totals 1188 296 417 713 721 110 26 34 60 52



Highlights of the December 21, 1952 game between the Bruins and the Habs. This was the third game of a tryout for Jean Beliveau (who wears #12) and he scores twice in Montreal's 4-3 win. A first period fight between Jack McIntyre and Bernie Geoffrion (in response to McIntyre breaking Billy Reay's cheek), a dust-up between Milt Schmidt and Maurice Richard as well as goals by Dave Creighton and Beliveau are shown. The end has highlights of the December 7, 1952 Toronto Maple Leafs versus Chicago Blackhawks game including a goal by George Armstrong.

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Succeeded by
Dave Keon
Preceded by
John Brophy
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Succeeded by
Doug Carpenter
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