Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Norwich
Defenceman Craig Norwich was a skilled offensive player who played parts of two seasons in the NHL. The majority of his playmaking exploits took place in college, the WHA, the minors and Europe.

Born in Edina, Minnesota, Norwich played three years at the University of Wisconsin. After scoring 45 points in 38 games as a freshman in 1974-75, Norwich was chosen 142nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the Amateur Draft. He finished with 168 career points during his college career and was named to the WCHA second all-star team in 1976 and the first team the next year. After helping the Badgers win the NCAA title in 1977, he was named to the championship tournament all-star team.

The talented blueliner opted to join the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA where he could play regularly rather than try to break into the Habs' deep roster. He scored 87 points in two years for Cincinnati and was a member of the US team that finished sixth at the 1978 World Championships.

On June 9, 1979, Norwich was claimed by the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA Dispersal Draft. He remained with the team when it joined the NHL in 1979-80 and was an offensive force from the blueline. A highlight for him that season was scoring two goals when the Jets earned their first NHL win, 4-2 over the Colorado Rockies. Norwich registered 45 points and scored seven power play goals on the fast-skating Jets. Prior to the 1980-81 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for defensive forward Rick Bowness. He scored 16 points in 23 games for his new club then was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies. He averaged over a point per game in Denver then joined the US squad that finished fifth at the 1981 World Championships.

Norwich battled injuries and played exclusively in the AHL during the 1981-82 season. He then chose to explore his options in Europe with the Gardenia Finstral club of Italy where he averaged over three points per game. He later suited up for Lausanne in Switzerland before returning to Italy with Groden and HC Fassa before retiring in 1987.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Edina Hornets High-MN
1974-75 University of Wisconsin WCHA 38 11 34 45 24
1975-76 University of Wisconsin WCHA 32 13 27 40 66
1976-77 University of Wisconsin WCHA 44 18 65 83 70
1977-78 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 65 7 23 30 48
1977-78 United States WEC-A 10 1 2 3 2
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 80 6 51 57 73 3 0 1 1 4
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 70 10 35 45 36 -11
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 4 12 16 14 +1
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 11 3 11 14 10 +4
1980-81 Fort Worth Texans CHL 8 0 4 4 6
1980-81 United States WEC-A 8 1 0 1 0
1981-82 Springfield Indians AHL 28 5 9 14 26
1982-83 HC Gardena Italy 31 35 62 97 64
1983-84 Lausanne HC Swiss-2
1984-85 HC Gardena Italy 1 2 2 4 2
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 16 4 7 11 16
1985-86 HC Fassa Italy 31 14 63 77 28 3 0 11 11 4
1986-87 HC Fassa Italy 37 14 55 69 82
NHL Totals 104 17 58 75 60


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1976)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1976, 1977)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1977)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1977)
WEC-B All-Star Team (1983)
Selected by Houston (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1974. WHA rights traded to Cincinnati (WHA) by Houston (WHA) with the rights to Dave Taylor for John Hughes, May, 1977. Claimed by Winnipeg from Cincinnati (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to St. Louis by Winnipeg for Rick Bowness, June 19, 1980. Claimed on waivers by Colorado from St. Louis, February 2, 1981. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, December, 1981.
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