April 6, 1959 |
Belleville, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||65th overall, 1979
St. Louis Blues
Crawford's great 10-year professional career saw him play for the NHL's New York Rangers, St Louis Blues and his favorite Hartford Whalers. His playing career saw many highlights among them was his 36 goal season with Hartford in 1984 and his trip the 1986 Stanley Cup semi-finals as a member of the New York Rangers. Bob finished up his playing career playing for Krefeld in the German professional league retiring in 1989. A winner of two Championships with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, Bob also won regular season championships with Krefeld in his two seasons there.
Crawford's coaching career has seen him win multiple championships and has seen him transform the Connecticut Junior Clippers/Wolfpack into one of the top programs in the nation with over 150 of his players graduating to NCAA Division I and III college hockey. The teams have had two national tournament showings and in 2000 the Clippers finished 3rd and won the USA National Championship and the following 2001 season. Winner of the AJHL Coach of the year award in 2004, Bob was most recently honored to be selected as a coach for the USA Hockey Select 18 National team that won bronze in Canada in . Bob is also in his 8th year (2012) of service on the USA Hockey BOD's as a New England Director. He serves currently on the International Council and Junior Council of the USA Hockey councils and committees.
Professionally Bob is now (2013) working in his 17th year as owner/operator of the multi-rink/fitness facility "Champions Skating Center" which also includes the New England Athletic Club a 35,000 square ft center that also includes 6 lane 25 meter pool. Over the years he has added to his holdings with the purchase of the Bolton Ice Palace and the internationally known ISCC the International Skating Center of Connecticut.. These facilities hosted their fourth USA Hockey National Championships April 2013. Bob is also in his third year as the Director and Developer of The City Hartford "Winterfest" Ice Arena located outdoors in Hartford's Bushnell Park. To date well over 100,000 people have attended this now major attraction complementing Hartford's cultural and recreational attractions.