Derek Armstrong, Denver Cutthroats
Armstrong was named the first head coach of the Denver Cutthroats franchise on April 10, 2012.
During his first season behind the bench for the Fish, Armstrong led his team to a playoff berth and a 30-26-10 record.
The Cutthroats led the CHL with nine different players called-up to the American Hockey League.
Armstrong returns to the Denver area where he skated for the International Hockey Leagues Denver Grizzlies and won a championship during their 1994-95 campaign. After being drafted by the National Hockey Leagues New York Islanders in 1992, the Ottawa, Ontario native appeared in 477 NHL games over a 14-year career with the Islanders, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and St. Louis Blues. In his lone season with the Grizzlies, he recorded 13 goals and 18 assists in 59 games.