Height: 6' 4", Weight: 220 pounds
Born: 5.3.68 Sudbury, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings, 8.27.91
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Crowder's first NHL game had a lot going on at the time. It was a playoff game against the Bruins. That's number 1.
Number 2: the Bruins had his brother Keith on the team then.
He was best known as an enforcer, and a moody one at that. If you're apathetic about fighting in hockey, then why are
you doing it? (Especially against Bob Probert, of all people, at the time the NHL heavyweight champion.) He wanted
to play defense, yes, but to be honest, he didn't show a lot to warrant coaches to make that move. It was for that
reason that Crowder was actually retired for most of the 89-90 season, having taken a construction job during camp
before coming back the following February.
It wouldn't be the first time, though. After he signed with the Red Wings, he only played 7 games with them before
retiring again... And how big was the contract again? Plus they gave the Devils Dave Barr and Randy McKay for him
because he was an RFA. Oh, clearly, the Wings lost that one.
He came back out again in 1995 with the Los Angeles Kings and only played a handful of games in 2 seasons with
them. His last NHL games would be with Vancouver in 96-97.
He would give Europe a try for the following 2 seasons, finally retiring for good in 1999.
After some thought about his skating, he tried to tinker with it (namely his skates) to see if he could make himself
better. Once he got the idea, he then turned to his sons and other youngsters at hockey camps. Eventually, he had
a device called the 55 Flex patented.
The Calgary Flames took notice of his work, and hired him as a player development coach in 2014.
|Entry Draft: 1986 Sixth Round Pick (108th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise