Jackals add Cousineau, Armstrong prior to home preseason contestSaturday, October 08, 2011
The Elmira Jackals announced on Saturday that they have received goaltender Marco Cousineau on assignment from their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and that they have signed veteran forward Riley Armstrong to a standard player contract for the upcoming season. Elmira hosts Reading at First Arena in the Jackals' preseason finale tonight at First Arena at 7:35 p.m.
Cousineau played all of his rookie season in 2010-2011 with the Jackals, going 21-16-5 with a .898 save percentage and a 3.23 goals-against average, including a .909 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average in the calendar year 2011. The St. Lazare, Quebec native had his best game of the year in a season-ending Game 4 double-overtime loss to Greenville in the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, stopping 47 of 49 shots, including multiple highlight-reel saves, to keep the Jackals in the contest. He was named the ECHL's Goaltender of the Week for Mar. 7 - 13, going 2-0-1 with a .961 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average. Cousineau was a co-recipient of the Jackals' Rookie of the Year award and earned the team's Most Improved Player award.
Prior to his professional career, Cousineau skated four seasons in the QMJHL, qualifying for the league finals in 2009-2010, a year after leading Drummondville to the Memorial Cup in 2008-2009. At the 2009 Memorial Cup, Cousineau was awarded the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament's top goaltender. He was selected in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Elmira's NHL affiliate, the Anaheim Ducks.
Armstrong, a 5'11", 180-pound right wing, enters his eighth professional season having played the majority of his career in the AHL. Last season, Armstrong skated with the Utah Grizzlies before heading overseas to skate with the KHL's Barys Astana and Germany's Augsburg Panther, totaling 11 points (6g-5a) in 2010-2011.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Armstrong split 2009-2010 with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat and Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 14 goals and adding 10 assists for 24 points between the two teams.
Armstrong had his most productive pro season offensively in 2008-2009, notching 25 goals with 17 assists for 42 points while also garnering 101 penalty minutes. He earned two games in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks that season as well, pitching in two assists.
In his first two seasons with Worcester, Armstrong secured consecutive 30-plus point season, posting 34 points (15g-19a) in 2007-2008 and 36 points (19g-17a) in 2006-2007.
Armstrong accumulated 28 points (12g-16a) in his first two pro seasons with the AHL's Cleveland Barons from 2004-2006.
The 26-year old Armstrong skated two seasons as an amateur in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips and Kootenay Ice from 2002-2004, scoring 24 goals and adding 36 assists for 60 points combined.
He is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong.
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