Colby Armstrong’s 18-month old son, Cruise, gets very excited when the Toronto Maple Leafs score a goal. YouTube has already made Cruise a bit of a star thanks to a video of his goal celebration uploaded by his mother, Melissa.
Colby Armstrong returns to the Maple Leafs lineup Friday night against the Washington Capitals, his first game since Oct. 19.
“I hope Colby scores tonight so he can get another celebration,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said.
It’s been a long road for Armstrong, who has been out with an ankle injury. Wilson doesn’t know what to expect from the 29-year-old forward, but everyone’s happy that he’s back.
“I’m definitely itching to get back going tonight and get in a real NHL hockey game,” Armstrong said.
Added Wilson: “Getting him back in is huge because he’s a big part of our team and a big part of the leadership group. Even in his absence we’ve tried to include him in everything. Hopefully he has a good game. … He’s going to be playing against one of the fastest teams in the league. But we just need his presence on the ice, getting involved and stirring things up like he does.”
Armstrong has a minus-3 rating in the only five games he has played in this season. And no points. But video of one of his goals from last season is what made Cruise do some fist pumps and cheers on video.
“Hopefully I can get some arm pumps out of him going,” Armstrong said. “Hopefully starting tonight.”
Here’s the video: