Corey Crawford with the Chicago Blackhawks.
December 31, 1984 |
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL team||Chicago Blackhawks|
|NHL Draft||52nd overall, 2003
Corey Crawford (born December 31, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the 2nd round, 52nd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His teammates and fans often refer to him as "Crow".
Crawford was drafted 52nd overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Crawford spent his pre-junior career playing for the Midget AAA Gatineau Intrépides, before spending his junior career with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Crawford was the goaltender for the Wildcats in the 2003–04 QMJHL playoffs, when they ousted the Rimouski Océanic in the semifinals to advance to the President's Cup final, but lost that series to the Gatineau Olympiques. Crawford currently holds the Wildcats record for Best Goals Against Average (2.47 in 2004–05), Most Wins (35 in 2003–04), and is tied with Simon Lajeunesse for Most Shutouts in a season (6 in 2004–05). He was twice named to the QMJHL's second All-Star team (2003–04, 2004–05).
Crawford made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on January 22, 2006 against the Minnesota Wild. He relieved Adam Munro in the third period, made seven saves and did not allow any goals. He had his first career start against the St. Louis Blues on February 2, 2006. He finished the evening with a record of five goals allowed and 29 saves in a 6–5 shootout loss. He recorded his first career win and shut-out against the Anaheim Ducks on March 5, 2008. Crawford also recorded a strong performance against the Detroit Red Wings, stopping 45 of 47 shots in a 3–1 loss on March 11.
The Blackhawks re-signed Crawford to a one-year deal on July 21, 2008. Crawford was recalled from the AHL on November 28 to take the place of Nikolai Khabibulin, who had been injured two nights earlier. Crawford made his first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance on May 24, 2009 in the second period of the Western Conference Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, replacing Cristobal Huet. He stopped six of seven shots, before being replaced by Huet after the second period.
Due to the departures of Antti Niemi to San Jose and Cristobal Huet to the Swiss League, Crawford was promoted to back-up goalie behind Marty Turco for the 2010–11 season. Later in the season, Crawford became the team's starting goaltender, replacing the veteran Turco. He had a two-game shutout streak later in the season. Crawford compiled a 176:09 shutout streak from January 7 to January 15, the longest by a Blackhawks netminder since Tony Esposito from January 16 to January 30, 1972. From February 20 until March 5, 2011, Crawford had an eight-game win streak, setting a new record for the longest such streak for a rookie. The streak was also one game short of the team record set by Glenn Hall.
Crawford earned his 30th win of his rookie season on March 28, 2011, at Detroit, becoming the first Blackhawks goaltender to reach the 30-win milestone since Jocelyn Thibault did it with 33 wins in the 2001–02 season. In his first playoff series against the President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks, he recorded a 36-save shutout in game five of the 2011 Western Conference quarter-finals, marking the first time he pitched a shutout in the NHL playoffs, and the Blackhawks' largest margin of victory (5–0) in franchise history in a playoff game. The Blackhawks ultimately lost the series to the Canucks in seven games, when Alexandre Burrows scored the series-winning overtime goal.
On May 19, 2011, Crawford signed a three-year $8 million contract extension with the Blackhawks. After the 2010–2011 season he was named to the all-star rookie team. Following the 2010–2011 regular season, Crawford entered the year as the Blackhawks' number one netminder. After starting the year off strong, Crawford struggled for a majority of the season and was often benched in favor of veteran backup Ray Emery, who played extensively down the stretch. However, Emery could not completely win the starting gig and as a result Crawford remained the team's starting goaltender. After going 8–1–2 over his last eleven games, Crawford was confirmed as the starter for the Blackhawks heading into the postseason. In all, Crawford finished his second full season playing in 57 games and posting a 30–17–7 record with a .903 save percentage and 2.72 GAA with no shutouts. He became the first Blackhawks goalie to win thirty-plus games in back to back seasons since Ed Belfour did it in the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons consecutively.
Coming into the lockout shortened 2012–13 NHL season, there were a lot of questions whether Crawford would return to his form from his rookie season. The team resigned Emery to give him a push for the starting job. The Blackhawks started off the season with a point streak of 24 consecutive games (21–0–3), with Crawford getting off to a strong 11–0–3 start before struggling in a loss to the Avalanche in which he was pulled midway through the game after allowing three goals on 16 shots. He finished the season with a record of 19–5–5, with a 1.94 goals against average, a .926 save percentage with three shutouts. Because of his efforts, he was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy along with Ray Emery, who finished with a 1.94 goals against average as well. Crawford was confirmed as the starter for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, and started every game as Chicago won the Stanley Cup. On September 2, 2013, Crawford signed a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Blackhawks through the 2019–20 season.
- 2003–04 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 2003–04 QMJHL Telus Defensive Player of the Year
- 2004–05 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 2010–11 NHL All-Rookie Team
- 2011 NHL Star of the Week of Feb. 20–27
- 2013 NHL Second Star of the Week of Jan. 19–27
- 2012–13 William M. Jennings Trophy (with Ray Emery)
- 2013 Stanley Cup Champion
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Corey Crawford.|
- Corey Crawford's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Corey Crawford biography at hockeygoalies.org - advanced statistics and game logs
- Official Blackhawks Profile
- Yahoo! Sports Profile
|Awards and achievements|
Brian Elliott, Jaroslav Halak
|Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy with Ray Emery