Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Lou Crawford
Hailing from Bellville, Ontario left winger Lou Crawford spent almost eight seasons toiling in the minors before finally get his NHL chance with the Boston Bruins during the 1989-90 campaign. Crawford, born on November 5th, 1962 followed up a three year run with the Rochester Americans with a three-season stint with the Nova Scotia Oilers then signed a deal with the Detroit Red Wings in 1988. Though he spent the entire 1988-89 campaign in the American Hockey League, Crawford posted the best numbers of his career. 23 goals and 46 points was enough to capture the attention of the Boston Bruins brass who inked him to a contract in the summer of 1989.

Crawford played seven scoreless games for the Bruins during the 1989-90 season with the rest of that year, and all of the next one spent with the Maine Mariners. During the 1991-92 season Crawford resurfaced in Beantown playing 19 games and scoring the only points of his NHL career with 1 goal and 2 assists.

With is Boston contract expired Crawford spent the next two seasons in the minors with stops in Milwaukee, Brantford and St. John's before retiring in 1994.

Crawford returned to his hometown of Belleville to coach the Ontario Hockey League's Bulls for three seasons, which included OHL Final and Memorial Cup berths. He was then hired by his former club, the St. John's Maple Leafs on June 15th to serve as the clubs head coach a post his brother Marc held in St. John's inaugural AHL season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Belleville Bobcats ON-Jr.B 45 25 30 55 107
1979-80 Belleville Bobcats ON-Jr.B 10 7 11 18 60
1979-80 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 24 0 1 1 46
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 53 2 7 9 134
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 64 11 17 28 243 15 3 4 7 71
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 0 1 1 20
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 64 5 11 16 142 13 1 1 2 7
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 76 7 6 13 234 17 2 4 6 87
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 70 8 7 15 213 1 0 0 0 10
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 78 8 11 19 214
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 35 3 4 7 48
1987-88 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 65 15 15 30 170 4 1 2 3 9
1988-89 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 74 23 23 46 179 9 0 6 6 32
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 0 0 20 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 62 15 13 28 162
1990-91 Maine Mariners AHL 80 18 17 35 215 2 0 0 0 5
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 19 2 1 3 9 -6
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 54 17 15 32 171
1992-93 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 56 16 14 30 108 6 2 2 4 8
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Brantford Smoke ColHL 21 12 17 29 39 7 4 0 4 17
NHL Totals 26 2 1 3 29 1 0 0 0 0


Brother of Bob and Marc Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, August 23, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 11, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 6, 1989.
Named Head Coach of St. John's (AHL), June 15, 2000.
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