Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Armstrong
Armstrong was a graduate of the University of Western Michigan in 1989 but had not been drafted by any NHL team. The Philadelphia Flyers signed him as a free agent, and he was assigned to Hershey, where he played all of the next three years with one exception. During the 1990-91 season he was called up by the Flyers for a single game, and wearing number 58 managed to register an assist.

The impression he made, however, was not enough. He was sent back down to the AHL team, and for the next eight years played in the minors without another game in the NHL. His contract expired with the Flyers and he signed as a free agent with New Jersey, but the Devils had no use for him on their Cup-quality teams.

In 1998, he retired to become an assistant coach with Providence in the AHL, staying in hockey and hoping for better fortune behind the bench than on it.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 London Diamonds ON-Jr.B 43 17 21 38 102
1986-87 Western Michigan University CCHA 43 13 20 33 86
1987-88 Western Michigan University CCHA 41 22 17 39 88
1988-89 Western Michigan University CCHA 40 23 19 42 97
1989-90 Hershey Bears AHL 58 10 6 16 99
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 1 1 0 +1
1990-91 Hershey Bears AHL 70 36 27 63 150 6 2 8 10 19
1991-92 Hershey Bears AHL 64 26 22 48 186 6 2 2 4 6
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 42 14 11 25 99
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 32 18 21 39 60
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 74 32 50 82 188
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 76 32 47 79 115 13 6 5 11 20
1995-96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 12 4 5 9 13
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 54 34 25 59 66 12 6 2 8 15
1996-97 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 35 1 8 9 39
1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 34 4 25 29 55 10 3 6 9 29
1997-98 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 62 19 18 37 106 +8
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 9 1 4 5 24 +8 5 0 2 2 11
NHL Totals 1 0 1 1 0


Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, May 16, 1989. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, March 21, 1993.
Diagnosed with career-ending brain tumour that required surgery, May 6, 1998.
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