Book of Condolence – George Armstrong

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Hockey legend George Edward Armstrong, who captained the Toronto Maple Leafs to more Stanley Cup Victories than any other player in history, died at the age of 90 on January 24, 2021.

Born in Boland’s Bay on the shores of Lake Wanapitei, Mr. Armstrong became the first player of Indigenous descent to score in the National Hockey League. He grew up in Falconbridge and attended Sudbury High School, where he convinced pals Red McCarthy and Tim Horton to join him in trying out for the Copper Cliff Minor Hockey Association.

In 1946, he was signed and placed on the protected list of the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played for 21 seasons. His impressive career included 12 seasons as team captain, Stanley Cup Victories in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967 and the final goal of the Original Six era in the final game of the historic series.

Nicknamed “the Chief”, Mr. Armstrong was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. In 2016, his original number 10 banner was carried from the Air Canada Centre to a permanent new home in the Garson Arena.

Hockey legend George Edward Armstrong, who captained the Toronto Maple Leafs to more Stanley Cup Victories than any other player in history, died at the age of 90 on January 24, 2021.

Born in Boland’s Bay on the shores of Lake Wanapitei, Mr. Armstrong became the first player of Indigenous descent to score in the National Hockey League. He grew up in Falconbridge and attended Sudbury High School, where he convinced pals Red McCarthy and Tim Horton to join him in trying out for the Copper Cliff Minor Hockey Association.

In 1946, he was signed and placed on the protected list of the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played for 21 seasons. His impressive career included 12 seasons as team captain, Stanley Cup Victories in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967 and the final goal of the Original Six era in the final game of the historic series.

Nicknamed “the Chief”, Mr. Armstrong was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. In 2016, his original number 10 banner was carried from the Air Canada Centre to a permanent new home in the Garson Arena.

George Armstrong (July 6, 1930 – January 24, 2021)

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George's dad Fred and my dad worked at Falconbridge Nickel Mines together; as a youngster and Leaf fan, the Chief was my hero. Between Fred and my Dad, they arranged for me to meet George at Bolands Bay. What a thrill for a 12 year old. I still have the photo of that moment.
What a classy individual.

Deputy Mayor Al Sizer 15 days ago

My sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of a wonderful man...I have great memories of George from Grade 9 at Sudbury Technical School where Tim Horton also attended. We bumped into each other often over the years and I can honestly say that George never forgot his roots in Sudbury and his old friends. RIP George

Pauline Whitehead Miller 20 days ago

Sending our condolences to George's family and friends. Please know that we are thinking of you all during this most difficult time. All our Love, Lynda & David Lee along with Brian, Vanessa, Chloe and Mathew Gilliard xoxo

The Lee & Gilliard Family 25 days ago

My Condolences to the family from the Duncan Family, Jay and Brenda. George represented our community and Canada with dignity and passion. He was an awesome person and hockey player. Rest In Peace Chief, you have made so many people love the game and watching you.

Grannyfox 25 days ago

My condolence to his family and friends .

Carol v 26 days ago

I send my sincere sympathy to the family. George was one of the finest that I had the pleasure of knowing in the hockey world. He was a true gentleman who treated everyone with respect and always showed appreciation when meeting you. His sense of humour made one feel good. George certainly put our area on the sports map and made the fan base for the Toronto Maple Leafs grow. I send my thought and prayers

Joe Drago 26 days ago

Growing up in the 60's, I watched a lot of hockey with my Dad and grandfather. My Dad (a former Sudbury High School student), shared many stories of the accomplishments of George Armstrong, with me. Watching the Original Six games every Saturday with them not only was special family time in our house, it provided many life lessons on the pride and respect of the game. Mr. Armstrong was not only a talent in the sport, but a gentle man, a mentor to his team mates, and an all around team player. Those values were instilled in me and as I watched my son play many years with the Copper Cliff Redmen hockey team, it was easy to mentor him that it wasn't just about how good of a hockey player you were, it was about being a part of a team and respecting others. We are proud to say that George Armstrong was from Sudbury! May he rest in peace.

kkanerva 26 days ago

I had the opportunity to meet Mr Armstrong a few times over the years and was always welcomed me with a friendly smile and warm wishes. A great man. He will sadly be missed.

Richard Chambers 26 days ago

My condolences to the McCourt family

Dave g 26 days ago

Forever, my number 1, all time favorite player. I had the honor to watch him play many times, at the Gardens, when I was young. I always wore number 10 in his honor, my son as well. Condolences to his family. RIP Chief #10🙏

Jeff#10 26 days ago

Condolences on behalf of Ron Dokis and family (Sturgeon Falls). Recalling the joys of youth and shinny on an outdoor rink.

Mark Dokis 26 days ago

He was a true gentleman. I remember meeting him outside Maple Leaf Gardens as a kid. He wore the "C" proudly and all of Canada is proud of him. May the "Chief" rest in peace. His memory remains forever.

Ter 26 days ago

R.I.P. Number 10 isn't just a number. I remember watching you play. My sincere condolences to the family.

Sandy Tamura 26 days ago

What a great life "lived" ; what a story ! You should be so proud.

My condolences to your families Wayne Piehl

Wayne Piehl 26 days ago

Rest in peace...Lake Wahnapitae's most famous son.

Bruce Lockhart 26 days ago

I remember George attending our FNHL banquets as a boy. He was always larger than life, My condolences to the family. Sandy & Linda McDonald

Sandy & Linda McDonald 26 days ago

My thoughts and prayers to Mr. Armstrong's family. I had a chance encounter with George Armstrong many years ago at the Tim Hortons on Regent St., here in Sudbury. I was on a work break and recognized Mr. Armstrong at a table beside me. He said he was in the city to visit his mother. I introduced myself and we engaged in a conversation on hockey and the Leafs. I felt as if I had been talking to someone I'd personally known for years. That's how he made me feel. He was a great player and leader on the ice, someone I watched on the TV for years as a youngster, but for that moment at the Tim Horton's I saw first hand what a great person he was. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Billb 27 days ago

Condolences to the members of George’s family & friends. He was always so gracious when he came to the annual hockey banquet held at the cafeteria in Falconbridge - my dad was the manager there so I got to work at the banquets & see & hear him. ( his sister Lillian was married to a second or third cousin of my dad & they lived down the street from us for many years.) He was a great example of a gentleman & what could be achieved with hard work & determination. A true legend.

Maureen Foley Mills 27 days ago

Growing up in Sudbury in the 60s as a youngster there was #10 and #23. We loved them then. We love them now. We will love them forever in our hearts for the memories around the radio and seeing them both on the ice with kids at Christmas break. Thank you Mr Armstrong for always being a role model that never disappointed.
Your star will forever shine.

Bobo 27 days ago

Sincerest Sympathies

Betty Fife Sloan

Betty fife sloan 27 days ago