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Bill Armstrong Named Director of Scouting

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
Bill Armstrong has been an amateur scout with the Blues for six years. He has been named the Director of Amateur Scouting, a position previously held by Jarmo Kekalainen (Getty Images).
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Wednesday the club has named Bill Armstrong as their Director of Amateur Scouting.

 “Bill has done an outstanding job scouting for us over the past six seasons,” said Doug Armstrong. “We have the confidence in Bill to lead our scouting staff and continue to build our depth charts.”

 “I'm very excited about the opportunity to be the Director of Amateur Scouting,” said Bill Armstrong. “I'm looking forward to working with our talented scouting staff to help draft players that will be the future of the Blues.”

 Bill Armstrong, unrelated to Doug Armstrong, joined the Blues in 2004 as an amateur scout. He was responsible for the Blues drafting David Perron and Jake Allen from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

 Prior to joining the Blues, Armstrong spent six seasons as a coach in the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL. Armstrong began his coaching career with the AHL’s Providence Bruins in 1998 as an assistant. Providence won the 1999 Calder Cup Championship and the following season they would return to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. Armstrong was named the head coach of Providence prior to the start of the 2000-01 season, a position he held for two seasons (2000-02). In his first season (2000-01), he led the Bruins to the best start in team history (16-4-1-2) and was named head coach of the Planet USA All-Star Team. He posted a 70-64-18-8 record in his two seasons as a head coach in Providence.

 Following his stint in Providence, Armstrong spent two seasons (2002-04) as the head coach of the Trenton Titans of the ECHL where he registered a 75-52-17 record.

 A native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Armstrong played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and was selected in the third round (46th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990. He played nine seasons in the AHL and the International Hockey League (IHL), appearing in 543 games, recording 74 points (10 goals, 64 assists) and 1,443 penalty minutes.

 Bill and his wife Kristin have two children, Madison and Jamie and reside in Rhode Island.

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