old reliable

Big Bob: “Old reliable is the best way to describe Armstrong,” advises the profile in the Boston Bruins’ 1959-60 Press & Radio Guide. Born in Toronto on this date in 1931 — it was another Tuesday, then — Bob Armstrong was 28 at the time, heading into his tenth season on the Beantown blueline. It turned out to be his best NHL showing, offensively, as he accumulated five goals and 19 points to go with 96 brash penalty minutes. He’d play two more seasons in the NHL and another in the AHL with Rochester before ending up as a beloved teacher of history and economics at Lakefield College School, educating me (and others), and doing duty as director of athletics and coach of the hockey team. Bob Armstrong died in 1990 at the age of 59.

 

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