On December 11th, AHL President and CEO David Andrews announced that current Kings Alumni and current Director of Hockey Programming for the LA Kings, Derek Armstrong, would be selected to serve as the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic honorary captain. Armstrong is joined by former Kings goaltender Robb Stauber.
The acknowledgment comes with joining the All-Stars in the locker room and on the benches for the events, along with being honored at the annual AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony on Monday, January 27th.
Armstrong described the recognition as "a great honor" and is looking most forward "to be a part of the celebration, giving advice to the guys and enjoying the moment."
Armstrong, who's professional career spanned over 17 years, played 364 AHL games, scoring 374 points and 477 NHL games, scoring 221 points. The Ottawa, Canada native was a two-time AHL All-Star, a league scoring champion and a regular reason MVP (2000-2001).
Armstrong was also awarded the Jack Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2000 Calder Cup Playoffs.
He is forever grateful to the game for the life-long skills and lessons it provided. "It taught me how to be a professional and provided me with life-long friends,"
Armstrong hopes to be remembered as "someone who was a hard worker, who showed up every single day and someone that did not take a day off."
"People payed a lot of money to see us... and I wanted to make sure that I wasn't wasting their money," Armstrong said.
The AHL All-Star Classic will take place on January 26-27 in Ontario, CA.