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Corey Crawford
Coreycrawford
Corey Crawford with the Chicago Blackhawks
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team Chicago Blackhawks
Born December 31 1984 (1984-12-31) (age 31),
Montreal, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 2003
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 2005 – present

Corey Crawford (born December 31, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, who is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. His teammates and coaches often refer to him as "Crawf" or "Crow".[1]

Playing careerEdit

Crawford was drafted 52nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Crawford spent his pre-junior career playing for the Midget AAA Gatineau Intrepides, before spending his junior career with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Crawford was the goaltender for the Wildcats in the 2003-04 QMJHL playoffs, when they ousted Rimouski Océanic in the first round. They went on to the President's Cup final, but lost the series to the Gatineau Olympiques. Crawford currently holds the Wildcats record for Best Goals Against Average (2.47 in 2004-05), Most Wins (35 in 2003-04), and is tied with Simon Lajeunesse for Most Shutouts in a season (6 in 2004-05). He was twice named to the QMJHL's second All-Star team (2003-04, 2004-05).

Crawford made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on 22 January 2006 against the Minnesota Wild. He relieved Adam Munro in the third period, made seven saves and did not allow any goals. He had his first career start against the St. Louis Blues on February 2, 2006. He finished the evening with a record of five goals allowed and twenty-nine saves in a 6-5 shootout loss. He recorded his first career win and shut-out against the Anaheim Ducks on March 5, 2008.[2] Crawford also recorded a strong performance against the Detroit Red Wings, stopping 45 of 47 shots in a 3-1 loss on March 11.[3]

The Blackhawks re-signed Crawford to a one-year deal on July 21, 2008.[4] Crawford was recalled from the AHL on November 28 to take the place of Nikolai Khabibulin, who was injured two nights earlier.[5] Crawford made his first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance on May 24, 2009 in the second period of the Western Conference Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, replacing Cristobal Huet. He stopped six of seven shots, before being replaced by Huet after the second period.

On April 24, 2010, the Blackhawks recalled Crawford from Rockford.[6]

Due to the departures of Antti Niemi to San Jose and Cristobal Huet to the Swiss League, Crawford was promoted to back-up goalie behind Marty Turco for the 2010-11 season. Later in the season, he was announced as the starting goaltender for the Blackhawks, replacing veteran Marty Turco. He had a two-game shutout streak later in the season.

Crawford compiled a 176:09 shutout streak from Jan. 7-15, the longest by a Blackhawks netminder since Tony Esposito from Jan. 16-30, 1972.[7]

From February 20 until March 5, 2011, Crawford had an eight-game, consecutive win streak, setting a new record for the longest such streak for a rookie.[8][9] The streak was also 1 game short of the team record set by Glenn Hall.

Crawford earned his 30th win of his rookie season on March 28, 2011, at Detroit, becoming the second Blackhawks goaltender to reach the 30-win milestone since 1994.[10]

In his first playoffs series against the President's Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks, he recorded a 36-save shutout in game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarter-finals, marking the first time he pitched a shutout in the NHL playoffs, and the Blackhawks largest margin of victory (5-0) ever in franchise history in a playoff game. The Blackhawks ultimately lost the series to the Canucks in 7 games when Alex Burrows scored the series-winning overtime goal.

On May 19, 2011, Crawford signed a three-year $8 million dollar contract extension with the Blackhawks.[11]

AwardsEdit

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT Min GA SO GAA SV% GP W L Min GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Gatineau Intrepides QAAA 21 17 3 1 1,260 40 2 1.92
2001–02 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 38 9 20 3 1,863 116 1 3.74 .889
2002–03 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 50 24 17 6 2,855 130 2 2.73 .915 6 2 3 303 20 0 3.97 .890
2003–04 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 54 35 15 3 3,019 132 2 2.62 .919 20 13 6 1,170 42 0 2.15 .940
2004–05 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 51 28 16 6 2,942 121 6 2.47 .920 12 6 6 725 33 1 2.73 .918
2005–06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 48 22 23 0 2,734 134 1 2.94 .898 1 0 1 17 1 0 3.49 .750
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 1 86 5 0 3.48 .878
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 60 38 20 2 3,467 164 1 2.84 .909 6 2 4 363 20 0 3.31 .884
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 55 29 17 7 3,028 143 3 2.83 .907 12 7 5 741 27 0 2.19 .924
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 1 2 0 224 8 1 2.14 .929
2008–09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 47 22 20 3 2,686 116 2 2.59 .917 2 0 2 117 5 0 2.57 .909
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 16 1 0 3.75 .857
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 43 24 16 2 2,521 112 1 2.67 .909 4 0 4 216 13 0 3.61 .871
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.04 .914
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 33 18 6 3337 128 4 2.30 .917 7 3 4 435 16 1 2.21 .927
NHL totals 65 34 21 7 3706 144 5 2.33 .917 8 3 4 451 17 1 2.26 .924

ReferencesEdit

  1. DeDoncker, Mike. "Wild finish to IceHogs’ victory at MetroCentre", rrstar.com, 2007-12-25. Retrieved on 2008-03-12. 
  2. "Blackhawks rookie Crawford gets first NHL shutout in first start of season", Associated Press, Yahoo! Sports, 2008-03-05. Retrieved on 2008-03-06. 
  3. "Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 1". redwings.nhl.com (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2008-11-16.
  4. "Blackhawks re-sign goaltender Crawford" (2008-07-21). Retrieved on 2008-11-16.
  5. "Blackhawks Recall Crawford; Johnson To IR", blackhawks.nhl.com, 2008-11-28. Retrieved on 2008-11-28. 
  6. Rogers, Jesse (2010-04-24). Chicago Blackhawks recall goaltender Crawford from Rockford IceHawks. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2010-04-24.
  7. Media, NHL (2011-06-22). Crawford named to 2011 NHL All-Rookie Team. blackhawks.nhl.com/. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  8. Press, Associated (2011-03-05). Blackhawks make it eight straight. DailyHerald.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  9. Adams, Cheryl (2010-03-30). Making the case for Corey Crawford for the Calder. TheHockeyWriters.com. Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
  10. Media, NHL (2011-06-22). Crawford named to 2011 NHL All-Rookie Team. blackhawks.nhl.com/. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  11. Rogers, Jesse (2011-05-19). Corey Crawford re-signs with Hawks. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2011-05-19.

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