The Prince George Cougars had nine picks in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and they used their first selection, ninth overall, to select one of the top players in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League this season.
Craig Armstrong played for his hometown Bantam triple-A Airdrie Xtreme, where he led them in scoring in not only in the regular season but in the playoffs too, as he helped lead them to a Alberta championship. Armstrong had 23 goals, 31 assists for 54 points in 34 regular season games and added 14 goals and 24 points in 13 playoff games. He also was a standout at the recently completed Alberta Cup, winning gold with Team Central, after putting up four goals and 11 points in five games.
Cougars Director of Scouting Bob Simmonds says he’s a unique talent, ““Craig Armstrong brings a skill set that, it’s been quite some time since our organization has drafted a player like that.”
“He is tenacious and he plays the game the right way and all he wants to do is win. His teammates respect him, his opposition respects him and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him. Craig is a leader in every way, shape and form.”
Armstrong recently returned home from Philadelphia where he was playing in the prestigious World Selects Invitational tournament, featuring some of the top 2003-born players in the world. He spoke with Fraser Rodgers about being drafted by the Cougars.
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