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Colby Armstrong signs with Swedish team

Saturday, 07.27.2013 / 5:17 PM / News

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Colby Armstrong signs with Swedish team
Forward Colby Armstrong has signed to play next season with Vaxjo of the Swedish league, he said on his Twitter account Saturday.

Forward Colby Armstrong has signed to play next season with Vaxjo of the Swedish league, he said on his Twitter account Saturday.

"Hello Sweden and the people of Vaxjo," Armstrong wrote. "Can't wait to bring family over and jump right in. So exciting."

Armstrong, 30, last season played 37 games for the Montreal Canadiens, with two goals and three assists.

"I grew up like any kid dreaming to play in the NHL; I got to do it, and also [Montreal] was my favorite team growing up, and I got to wear [their logo]," Armstrong wrote.

He was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 21) in the 2001 NHL Draft. Armstrong had 89 goals, 120 assists and 376 penalty minutes in 476 games with the Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadiens.

"Honestly gotta say it's been a great ride over here. What a life," he wrote. "Thanks to all the fans in all the cities I've played in here."

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I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season