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Nathan Craze
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
175 lb (80 kg)
EIHL Team
F. Teams
Belfast Giants
Cardiff Devils
Nationality Flag of Great Britain British
Born November 26 1986 (1986-11-26) (age 30),
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Pro Career 2003 – present

Nathan Craze (born November 26, 1986 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales) is a professional ice hockey Netminder currently playing for the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League. He has also played for the Great Britain Under-18's & 20's national team.

Playing careerEdit

Craze began his career with the Cardiff Devils before joining the Belfast Giants in 2005. He had an impressive start with the Belfast Giants in the 2005-06 season, originally called up when both Belfast's goalies became injured. As a replacement goaltender he proved himself as one of the most promising young British goaltenders. On his debut for Giants in October 2005, shortly before his 19th birthday, he faced 132 shots in three games but conceded only eleven goals as Giants earned two wins and a draw. Craze played in only 12 games for the Giants in regular season chalking up a save percentage of 92.8.

In the same year he won a gold medal with the Great Britain U-20's in the World Championships Div II Group A in Bucharest, Romania, and was also named Netminder of the Tournament. He received the International Ice Hockey Federation Directorate’s Award of the tournament’s Best Netminder when GB won the gold medal in the 2004 World under-18 Championships (Div II) in Lithuania, and he equalled the feat by being voted the IIHF’s tournament Best Netminder when GB won the gold medal in the 2006 World under-20 Championships (Div II) in Romania.

In 2006, Craze signed with the Bracknell Bees as their starting goalie, winning the double- English Premier Ice Hockey League and Playoff title in his first season.

The 2007-2008 season saw Craze signed with the Swindon Wildcats of the same league, again serving as their starting goalie.

In 2008, Craze re-signed with the Belfast Giants backing up fellow Welshman Stevie Lyle, but with guaranteed games throughout the season.

AwardsEdit

2005-06 - Vic Batchelder Memorial Trophy

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