There is probably a family reason for Colby Armstrong’s decision to sign a lockout contract with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.
When he arrives in Anchorage Alaska where the Grizzlies are set to play Scott Gomez and the league leading Alaska Aces, he will be joining his younger brother Riley one of Utah’s co-captains. The Grizzlies will be playing the first of four games in six nights at Anchorage Wednesday night.
Armstrong is a seven year, 439 game NHL veteran with a total of 87 goals and 117 assists for 204 points. He was selected in the first round and 21st overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Barring an end to the lockout, Colby is going to have plenty of time to aquaint himself with Gomez, his new teammate. Not only will the Grizzlies play a four game series in Anchorage but when they return home, Alaska will be in to play two more games. That’s six meetings in seven games on the schedule.
Head coach Kevin Colley was quoted on the Grizzlies web site
“You can’t explain how valuable a player like this is coming into our room at this level. We are very excited to have him. He’ll be another great example and leader to our team of talented prospects.”
Barring an end to the lockout, Armstrong is going to have plenty of time to aquaint himself with Gomez. They play the Aces six straight times, four in Anchorage and the twice in Utah.