Here’s Bill Armstrong’s Coyotes To-Do List (And It’s Long)


Let the record show that in a playoff career that spanned 12 seasons and 60 games in major junior and minor pro hockey, Bill Armstrong scored exactly one post-season goal. It was a harmless-looking a wrist shot from the blueline that somehow found its way into the back of the net in double-overtime for the Oshawa Generals in their 4-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers in the 1990 Memorial Cup final.

In fact, Bill Armstrong had one more goal than teammate Eric Lindros had in that Memorial Cup tournament. Unlike Lindros and teammate Fred Brathwaite, and unlike Rangers Gilbert Dionne, Steven Rice and Jason York, Armstrong never played so much as a shift in the NHL. But he literally fought his way through the minors and parlayed that career into a long and successful climb up the ladder in NHL management, one that started with an assistant coaching job in the American League and resulted in his name being engraved on the Stanley Cup in 2019 as the St. Louis Blues director of amateur scouting and assistant GM.