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PLAYER JOURNAL: DEREK ARMSTRONG

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Every other Wednesday during the month of May, Kings forward Derek Armstrong will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.


Derek Armstrong Journal Entry one
May 17, 2006

I've had a chance to watch a lot of the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the past couple of weeks. It was a little bit surprising to see the top four teams in the West get knocked out early, but that just shows you anything can happen once you get into the playoffs. The hockey has been great, especially for the fans. I'm a fan right now, and I'm enjoying every night watching it.

It's tough to watch both Anaheim and San Jose have success in the playoffs because we're at the same level as them. Both teams had a good last month of the regular season and got into the playoffs and look what happens. Both teams have a chance to meet in the Western Conference finals.

It's tough watching but I like to cheer for teams in Southern California because it's great for hockey. Obviously, the Ducks are our archrivals, so I don't want to see them win too much, but all the best to both teams.

I have a bad back right now so I'm trying to rest and take it easy, but most summers I take only a week off and then I get back to training. I get bored sitting at home. I have kids too, so I do a lot of things with them.

We went to an Angels game the other day and when we get back to Colorado (where my wife is from), we'll go to a lot of Rockies games. I'm also coaching baseball and soccer teams for my kids. I'll play a little golf here and there.

I love coaching my two kids. My oldest son is six years old, so he's starting to get a little competitive. He's not playing tee ball any more – he's graduated to a coach-pitch league this summer. I also plan to coach my three-year-old son's soccer team this summer.

I like coaching young kids because you can teach them the proper techniques and it's not about competing, it's about having fun. Just for them to learn the basic skills – that will really help them in the long run.

I'm pretty active in the summer, and like I said, I typically start training right away. Hockey is a 12-month a year job, so it's enjoyable, but it's also hard work.

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