Name: Colby Joseph Armstrong
Nickname: Army, armdog, Cheese
Birthday: November 23, 1982 in Llyodminster, Canada
Colby Armstrong is among some pretty amazing company as a recent first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins. After spending a few seasons with the Baby Pens, Army made his NHL debut alongside a certain Sidney Crosby, who would turn out to be a close friend and his roommate on the road. Besides his friendship with Sid, Army was a large part of the camaraderie that defined the early beginnings of those post-lockout Penguins.
In the most bittersweet move of my life as a hockey fan, the Pens traded Colby Armstrong, Angelo Esposito, and Erik Christensen to the Atlanta Thrashers season for Pascal Dupuis and Marian Hossa in the 07/08 season. Hossa was obviously a large part of this deal, and the Pens had high hopes that he would be a great winger for Sid Crosby well into the future. That failed, and Army was stuck with the Thrashers.
Nothing really happened in Atlanta except that Army married his long-time girlfriend, Melissa (and he scored a career-high 22 goals one year). They now have an adorable little son named Cruise.