Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Crawford
Johnny Crawford was often referred to as "Jack" but he actually did not like the nickname, and preferred being called John or Johnny. He was a star athlete from the time he was a young boy growing up in Dublin, Ontario. In fact, it was football that had most of Crawford's attention while attending St. Michael's in Toronto. He was a natural talent but he also was recruited to play hockey, where his big, burly aggressive style was just what the team was looking for to shore up the defense.

He established himself as such a strong hockey player that he received a job with the Lakeshore Mines at Kirkland Lake. It was there that he met Marjorie Barrett, whom he would later marry. They had three children, two sons, David and Barry and a daughter, Sue.

Crawford became a professional hockey player in 1937-38, playing 46 games with the Providence Reds of the IAHL. He also suited up for two games with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. He played with the Bruins for another 12 years on a full-time basis, and in many of those later years was seen as a leader who helped teach the younger players the finer aspects of the game.

In his 12 years with the Bruins, his best offensive output came in 1944-45 when he tallied five goals and 19 assists for 24 points in 40 games. The Bruins played in four Stanley Cup finals, winning two and losing two. The championship years came in 1939, with a four-games-to-one win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and 1941, beating the Detroit Red Wings in four straight. The runner-up seasons were in 1943 against Detroit and 1946 against the Montreal Canadiens.

After his NHL playing days were over, Crawford played and coached with four teams in the American Hockey League, winning three championships, one with the Hershey Bears in 1952, and the other two with the Providence Reds in 1956 and 1957. At the time of his sudden death in 1973, Crawford, just 57, was the manager of the Cape Cod Cubs of the Eastern Hockey League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1933-34 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B
1933-34 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 13 9 4 13 14
1934-35 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 12 5 3 8 14 3 1 1 2 8
1935-36 West Toronto Nationals OHA-Jr. 9 3 3 6 4 5 2 2 4 5
1935-36 Toronto McColl-Frontenacs TIHL 15 0 0 0 20 4 1 0 1 4
1935-36 West Toronto Nationals M-Cup 11 7 4 11 12
1936-37 Kirkland Lake Blue Devils GBHL 9 6 4 10 20 4 0 1 1 8
1937-38 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Providence Reds IAHL 46 6 7 13 33 7 5 8 13 4
1938-39 Boston Bruins NHL 48 4 8 12 12 12 1 1 2 9
1939-40 Boston Bruins NHL 35 1 4 5 26 6 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Boston Bruins NHL 45 2 8 10 27 11 0 2 2 7
1941-42 Boston Bruins NHL 43 2 9 11 37 5 0 1 1 4
1942-43 Boston Bruins NHL 49 5 18 23 24 6 1 1 2 10
1943-44 Boston Bruins NHL 34 4 16 20 8
1944-45 Boston Bruins NHL 40 5 19 24 10 7 0 5 5 0
1945-46 Boston Bruins NHL 48 7 9 16 10 10 1 2 3 4
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 58 1 17 18 16 2 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 45 3 11 14 10 4 0 1 1 2
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 55 2 13 15 14 3 0 0 0 0
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 46 2 8 10 8
1950-51 Hershey Bears AHL 35 1 10 11 14 5 0 2 2 0
1951-52 Hershey Bears AHL 23 0 2 2 8 3 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Hershey Bears AHL
NHL Totals 548 38 140 178 202 66 3 13 16 36


NHL Second All-Star Team (1943)
NHL First All-Star Team (1946)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 26, 1937.
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