We recently caught up with Riley Armstrong of the Utah Grizzlies. He was undrafted in 2004, but worked his way to a contract with the San Jose Sharks. He has played for many teams throughout his career (we’ll get to that later). Many may know him for his brother, Colby Armstrong, but Riley is an accomplished player too, spending time in the NHL as well. Just a little self promotion as well, like us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NotYourAverageHockeyBlog , and you can follow me on Twitter: @hkyblogger. You can follow Riley on Twitter: @RilesArmy
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So how has your day been?
Some of our readers might not know you, so who is Riley Armstrong, and is there a cool fact that most people might not know?
A fact people might not know about me is that I used to figure skate from the 3rd grade til the 10th grade before I starting taking hockey seriously.
What’s a day in the life of Riley Armstrong?
A day in the life of Riley. Lets see, usually get up around 8:30 and text amber to make sure she is enjoying her morning, since she has to be up at 6:30 for work. Have some breakfast, and then head over to the rink by 9:30 and start practice at 10:30. We have a sweet locker room in Utah with a sauna and hot tub, so after practice I usually hang out around the room and relax. Then the afternoon and evening is free to hang out Skype or Facetime with family and friends, cook dinner maybe have a tan or mix in a nap pretty much as people say live the life.
How old were you when you first laced them up?
I was 2 years old. I had the double blades on and I was living in Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan at the time.
Who’s the better player honestly, you are Colby?
Well this is a tough question. I think if you were to make one player out of both of us it would be the perfect player. I would say I’m more skilled and more of a goal scorer then Colby but he sees the ice better and is really good with his stick and a better passer. We both work with each other in the summer to always improve our games but since he has played over 500 NHL games I would say he is the better player!
You’ve played for 15 teams in your career (according to hockeydb.com). Can you name them all?
- Yorkton Mallers (SMAAAHL)
- Kootenay Ice (WHL)
- Everett Silvertips (WHL)
- Cleveland Barons (AHL)
- Worcester Sharks (AHL)
- San Jose Sharks (NHL)
- Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
- Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
- Brighamton Senators (AHL)
- Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
- Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
- Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
- Augsburg Panthers (DEL)
- Saipa (Finland)
- Barys Astana (KHL)