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Derek Armstrong Voted CHL Coach of the Year

March 27, 2014 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

Denver - The Denver Cutthroats are proud to announce that President and Head Coach Derek Armstrong has been selected the recipient of the 2013-14 Central Hockey League Coach of the Year award on Thursday, March 27 following balloting among all CHL head coaches.

The Coach of the Year award is 'presented annually to the Central Hockey League coach adjudged to have contributed most to his team's success.'

Derek Armstrong has led the Cutthroats to the second best record in the CHL at 36-16-11 for 83 total points in the 2013-14 season. The former NHL player is in his second season as head coach, serving both with the Denver Cutthroats. He has recorded a total of 66 wins, 42 losses and 21 overtime losses in two seasons with the Cutthroats.

In addition to Head Coach, Armstrong serves as the Denver Cutthroats President and manages one of the top National Hockey League/American Hockey League affiliations in the history of the CHL (Colorado Avalanche and Lake Erie Monsters). The Cutthroats lead the league in players called-up to the American Hockey League for the second consecutive season, sending 10 different players on 15 total call-ups (last season nine players had 12 total call-ups).

Coach Armstrong has seen 35 different players on the roster throughout the current season and with his team has pursued four separate win streaks of five games or more highlighted by a 10-1-1 stretch during the month of March.

In the voting for this season's Coach of the Year award, Armstrong appeared on all nine ballots he was eligible (coaches were not permitted to vote for themselves) with four first place votes, two second place votes and three third place votes (29 points).

As a player, forward Derek Armstrong was drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and played 477 NHL games to amass 72 goals and 149 assists. In 2000-01, Armstrong won the AHL's scoring Championship with 32 goals and 69 assists for 101 total points and the AHL's Most Valuable Player "Les Cunningham Award." In 1999-00, he led his team to the AHL title while being named the Playoff MVP with seven goals and 16 assists for 23 total points in 23 games.

The Denver Cutthroats will finish the 2013-14 regular season on the road. The team will stop first in Allen, Texas to take on the Americans on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. The Cutthroats final game of the regular season will be played on Sunday, March 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma against the Oilers. For the latest information, visit

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