PORTLAND, MAINE – Riley Armstrong was introduced as the first head coach of the ECHL’s expansion Maine Mariners Saturday afternoon.
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Armstrong has served as the Wheeling Nailers Assistant Coach. Prior to coaching, Armstrong had a 12-year playing career in the AHL, ECHL and in Europe. While he spent most of his career in the AHL, Riley did appear in two games for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks in the 2008-09 season recording two penalty minutes.
After two seasons of junior hockey in the WHL, the Saskatoon, SASK native began his professional career with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL. Armstrong appeared in 404 games in the AHL over eight seasons, recording 86 goals and 81 assists for 167 total points. He retired from playing at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
On August 30, 2016, the 33-year old was named as Jeff Christian’s assistant coach in Wheeling. Armstrong currently resides in Wheeling with his wife, Amber, and two children, Peyton and Ezra. Riley is the younger brother of former NHL forward Colby Armstrong.