On April 11, 2007, the late Bob Armstrong, (1931-1990), respected Athletic Director, dedicated coach, beloved teacher and housemaster, and friend to The Grove community for over 25 years, was inducted into the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame. Bob’s name, along with five others, will be officially inducted June 1, 2007, at the Evinrude Centre.
Ian Armstrong ’83, the current Athletic Director at LCS, was present to accept the honour on behalf of his father.
“Bob Armstrong was an outstanding athlete. Besides being an NHL defenceman for the Boston Bruins, he was also an inter-country baseball player; a high school track star; and an exceptional amateur golfer who brokethe course record at Sarnia Golf Club (62), a record which remains to this day .
“Statistics can be expressive, but they alone can never reveal what a wonderful motivator and friend Bob was to the boys he coached and taught. At Bob’s retirement diner, Old Boys came from England, across Canada, and the United States to pay tribute to Bob and his family.” Andy Harris, The Chronicle 1988-89
Born in 1931, in Toronto, and showing promise as a youth, he spent three years playing Junior A with the Stratford Hockey Club, followed by 11 seasons in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. He was coach of Hull-Ottawa (Eastern Pro League), had one season with Rochester (AHL), and served with Roger Nielson as Assistant Coach with the Peterborough Petes. In 1963, he accepted the position of Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach of the Senior Boys’ Hockey Team at Lakefield College School. His tenure with LCS lasted 26 years. During that time, he coached three hockey teams to the Independent Schools League title.
A proficient all-round athlete, not only was Bob Armstrong a hockey great, but he pitched fastball for Sarnia, taking them to a title in 1952. He won the club championship at the Sarnia Golf Club in 1960, setting a new record in 1961. He was Peterborough Golf & Country Club champion in 1967, 1975, 1978, and Peterborough City champion in ’67.
Son Ian Armstrong has followed in his father’s footsteps as Athletic Director at LCS. He says:
“It is truly an honour for our family that Bob was recognized by the Committee for induction into the Hall of Fame. I feel that this recognition is not just about his accomplishments as a golfer, softball player, and hockey player, but for his many contributions to the community.
“He was a long time member of the Executive of the Lakefield Minor Hockey Association and served on the committee that helped rebuild the arena after the roof fell in – during the Winter of 1971. As well, Bob coached minor hockey in the village of Lakefield for many years. Lastly, Bob taught, mentored, and coached hundreds of young men at the Grove. At the dedication of the Bob Armstrong Rink (link) last February, many accolades of his career at the Grove were expressed and were much appreciated by our family. This honour, the induction into the Hall of Fame, in the greater Peterborough-Lakefield community is equally gratifying.” Induction Press Conference, 04/11/07
He adds, “I think it’s a very fitting place for him. He’d be very happy.”