Jamie Armstrong knows essentially every level of hockey from age 15 to 20 available to players in this country, because he’s been there.
He’s played prep hockey in New England, he’s played Junior A in western Canada, and he’s played in the USHL. But he feels he’s most at home here in New England, where he grew up, and where he plies his trade of being a physical power forward with the NCDC’s Boston Junior Bruins.
He’s happy to announce he has committed to play for Boston University the next four years.
“I started talking to them a few weeks back. They saw me a play a couple times with the Junior Bruins, and they had also seen me during my prep career and with previous junior teams,” said Armstrong, a ‘98 from Warwick, R.I. “An opportunity opened up and I was fortunate to have the right timing.”
The Terriers are getting a big kid, standing 6-feet-2-inches and weighing in at 192, and one who can score in bunches. In just 18 games this year with the Junior Bruins, he has 12 points, including a two-game high of five points. Armstrong is getting the chance to play for one of the historically top hockey schools in the United States.
“I like the [BU] coaching staff, how they conduct themselves, and the facilities are among the best in college or pro hockey,” said Armstrong. “They have a great tradition and history, winning National Championships and Beanpots.”
Around the middle of this season, Armstrong made the decision to move back to New England after a couple years of playing in the USHL. The high opinion of the NCDC in hockey circles reached Armstrong and he made the jump to the Junior Bruins.
“I heard great stuff about [Junior Bruins coach] Mike Anderson and I knew a couple guys on the team who spoke very highly of the program,” said Armstrong. “I think Mike as a coach does a really good job of knowing his players. He gives everyone a role. He is forcing me to play really physical hockey. The more physically I play, the more offensive opportunities open up, and he also allows me more offensive freedom up front, while still being physical and preparing myself for that brand of college hockey.”
Armstrong’s aforementioned long and winding hockey road has seen many stops, but he says every one, including the Junior Bruins was a good move and made him the player he is today.
“I’ve been a lot of places, and I just view that as being blessed with different opportunities to experience new places and new cultures,” he added. “I learned a little everywhere I went. It was probably the best thing for me to experience playing for different coaches, under different styles and in different leagues. You’re able to find yourself and your style of play along the way.”
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