Nels Crutchfield
Position Center
Shot Left
Teams Montreal Canadiens
Born July 12, 1911(1911-07-12),
Knowlton, Quebec
Died July 22 1985 (aged 74),
Huntsville, Ontario
Pro Career 1934 – 1935

William Ian Nelson Crutchfield (July 12, 1911 – July 22, 1985), known as Nels Crutchfield, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Born in Knowlton, Quebec, he played defence and centre for the McGill Redmen from 1930 to 1934 and was team captain from 1933 to 1934. He played 41 games in the 1934–35 NHL season for the Montreal Canadiens with 5 goals and 5 assists . His career was cut short after receiving a fractured skull in a car accident in September 1935.

He died in another car accident in 1985 in Huntsville, Ontario.

He was posthumously inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.


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