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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 Two | Read Entry One
May 31, 2006

Every summer, I take my family back to Colorado. I played there early in my career -- I won the Turner Cup one year in the IHL while playing with the Denver Grizzlies -- and I met my wife there. Obviously, she won that battle, but we love it there. I can't think of a better place to spend our summers or the rest of our lives than Colorado.

We have a place in Colorado near a ski resort, so we do a lot of mountain biking during the summer. We also take the kids on an alpine slide that's located near our home. There is also a Frisbee golf course on the mountain so we do a quite a bit of that during the summer.

We usually get back to our Colorado home right after the season ends, but with our oldest son in school this year, we waited until the middle of May to go back. Next year, the oldest will be in school until June, so we'll even have to wait a little bit longer before heading back.

It's always tough to see people that you like and work with disappear, but obviously the changes made this summer by the Kings are good steps for the organization. We haven't made the playoffs in three years so something had to be done.

It will be strange to not have Luc Robitaille on my line next year. We obviously had a great connection and Luc had a great run. He definitely helped me get into the NHL and made me an NHL hockey player. Looking forward to next season, I've played with Michael Cammalleri quite a bit in the past. I look forward to having the chance to play with Cammy again next year.

Whatever it takes?¢?Ǩ¬¶we've got to get into the playoffs next year. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. That's what our goal is – to get into the playoffs and try to win the Stanley Cup.

It's nice to score a lot of goals and to have great stats, but winning means everything to me. I set goals during the summer, and I try to reach those goals during the season, but if we don't get into the playoffs, those goals are never reached.

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