Bob Armstrong was born in 1931 in Toronto. He made his mark with the Stratford Junior Kroehlers hockey team where he played from 1948 to 1951. In the fall of 1951, Bob made the Boston Bruins of the NHL and went on to play 584 regular season and playoff games over the next 11 seasons. In 1961, Bob became the player-coach of the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens of the Eastern League. The following year he completed his playing career with Rochester of the American League.
Throughout his career, Bob continued on with his post-secondary education at Western.
Bob played on an Ontario Senior B fastball championship team with Sarnia and in 1961 he set the course record at the Sarnia Golf & Country with a score of 61. At the Peterborough Golf & Country Club, Bob was Club Champion in 1967, 1975 and 1978, winning the Peterborough Invitational in 1967. Bob also coached the Petes with Roger Neilson for two seasons and many years in the Lakefield Minor Hockey Association.
In 1963, Bob accepted the position of teacher, coach, head of house and athletic director at Lakefield College School. Bob’s hockey teams won three CISAA league championships in 1968, 1972 and 1984. Bob taught, mentored and coached hundreds of young men at LCS – his legacy lives on with an endowed scholarship and an outdoor artificial rink; both named in his honour.
Bob passed away in 1990 at 59 years of age from Parkinson’s Disease.