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Bart Crashley (born June 15, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 148 games in the National Hockey League and 140 games in the World Hockey Association. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Sharks, Kansas City Scouts, and Los Angeles Kings.

He wore contact lenses when he played.

Crashley was a promising rushing defenceman in his rookie year of 1967–68 with Detroit where he wore jersey #15 and was paired with Gary Bergman. His style of play was not encouraged by coach Sid Abel who reportedly instructed Crashley to not carry the puck past his own blueline. He was subsequently traded to the Montreal Canadiens where he played in their farm system.

He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft, but opted to join the Los Angeles Sharks of the World Hockey Association.

Crashley joined the Kansas City Scouts in 1974 for their first NHL season, wearing #4. He then returned to Detroit via a trade half-way through that season where he again wore #4.

In 1975 he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Marcel Dionne. He did not make it there and left in 1978 after playing in the minor pros.

Crashley then played until 1985 in Austria, mostly with HC TWK Innsbruck.

He was assistant coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League in 1998–99.He was coach of the Couchiching Terriers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League in 2007–2008.

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