Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Crossman
Doug Crossman was selected in the sixth round, 112th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

Crossman played three years of junior hockey with the OHL's Ottawa 67's. In 1979-80, he was part of a strong offensive unit that included the likes of scoring champ Jim Fox and Yvan Joly. He was the beneficiary of many assists on those goals, picking up 96 to go along with his 20 goals for an impressive 116 points in 66 games. The 96 assists were an OHL record for a defenseman until Bryan Fogarty of the Niagara Falls Thunder eclipsed the mark in 1988-89, when he had 108.

In 1980-81, Crossman joined the Chicago Blackhawks for nine games, with the balance of his season being played with their minor-league affiliate in New Brunswick. He remained with the Blackhawks for another two seasons, becoming a regular with the club and appearing in 70 and 80 games, respectively.

On June 8, 1983, Crossman and Chicago's second-round draft pick in 1984, which turned out to be Scott Mellanby, were sent to the Philadelphia Flyers for rugged defenseman Behn Wilson. It was during his time in Philadelphia that most fans will remember Crossman, who was part of two Stanley Cup finalists in 1985 and 1987. He says those were the two most enjoyable years as a pro, but also provided the biggest disappointment, losing in the finals both times to the Edmonton Oilers. Crossman particularly stood out in the 1987 playoffs, where he had 18 points in 26 playoff games.

Crossman played one more season for the Flyers before being sent to the Los Angeles Kings for Jay Wells in September 1988. He played in California for just one season before going to the New York Islanders, where he appeared for a little over a year before being sent to the Hartford Whalers in a deal that saw Ray Ferraro head to New York. However, before the 1990-91 season was done, Crossman was on the move again, this time to the Detroit Red Wings. Crossman also made a brief stop with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he set a team record by scoring six points on three goals and three assists in a game against the New York Islanders. He moved on to his final NHL destination, St. Louis, where he appeared in 50 games in 1993-94. Crossman played a couple more seasons of minor pro hockey before retiring in the 1995-96 season as a member of the Baltimore Bandits of the AHL.

Following a 16-year professional playing career, Crossman went on to coach the UHL's Port Huron Border Cats for one season in 1997-98.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Strathroy Blades ON-Jr.B 39 6 35 41 56
1976-77 London Knights OMJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 65 4 17 21 17 16 2 11 13 10
1978-79 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 67 12 51 63 65 4 1 3 4 0
1979-80 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 66 20 96 116 48 11 7 6 13 19
1979-80 Canada WJC-A 5 0 2 2 2
1980-81 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 9 0 2 2 2 -5
1980-81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 70 13 43 56 90 13 5 6 11 36
1981-82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 12 28 40 24 -19 11 0 3 3 4
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 13 40 53 46 +21 13 3 7 10 6
1983-84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 7 28 35 63 +23 3 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 4 33 37 65 +31 19 4 6 10 38
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 6 37 43 55 -5 5 0 1 1 4
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 9 31 40 29 +18 26 4 14 18 31
1987-88 Canada Can-Cup 8 0 1 1 4
1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 9 29 38 43 -1 7 1 1 2 8
1988-89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 10 15 25 53 -11 2 0 1 1 2
1988-89 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 80 15 44 59 54 +3 5 0 1 1 6
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 16 1 6 7 12 -4
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 41 4 19 23 19 -13
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 3 4 7 17 -6 6 0 5 5 6
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 26 0 8 8 14 +8
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 40 8 21 29 18 -4
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 2 7 9 10 -3
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 2 7 9 10 +1
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 8 3 5 8 0
1994-95 Denver Grizzlies IHL 77 6 43 49 31 17 3 6 9 7
1995-96 Baltimore Bandits AHL 23 3 12 15 18
1995-96 Chicago Wolves IHL 8 1 4 5 2 6 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 914 105 359 464 534 97 12 39 51 105


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1980) Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago with Chicago's 2nd round pick (Scott Mellanby) in 1984 NHL Draft for Behn Wilson, June 8, 1983. Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia for Jay Wells, September 29, 1988. Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles to complete transaction that sent Mark Fitzpatrick and Wayne McBean to NY Islanders (February 22, 1989), May 23, 1989. Traded to Hartford by NY Islanders for Ray Ferraro, November 13, 1990. Traded to Detroit by Hartford for Doug Houda, February 20, 1991. Traded to Quebec by Detroit with Dennis Vial for cash, June 15, 1992. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Quebec in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to St. Louis by Tampa Bay with Basil McRae and Tampa Bay's 4th round pick (Andrei Petrakov) in 1996 NHL Draft for Jason Ruff, January 28, 1993.
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