Terry Crisp

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Terry Crisp
Born (1943-05-28) May 28, 1943 (age 71)
Parry Sound, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1963–1977

Terrance Arthur Crisp (born May 28, 1943) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers and who coached for 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He currently is a radio and TV broadcaster for the Nashville Predators.

Crisp was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, and later coached the Calgary Flames to the title in 1989.

Playing career[edit]

Crisp got his start playing Jr. 'B' hockey with the St. Marys Lincolns of the Western Jr. 'B' Hockey League. In 1961 he edged out Phil Esposito of the Sarnia Legionnaires for the league scoring title.

Crisp began his pro career in the Boston Bruins organization, playing one season for them before being chosen by the St. Louis Blues in the 1967 Expansion Draft. With the Blues, he went to the Finals three straight seasons. In 1972, he was again chosen in the Expansion Draft, this time by the New York Islanders. Late in the 1972–73 season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jean Potvin. It is believed the trade was made because the Islanders, who would have the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, intended to draft Denis Potvin, and believed having his older brother on the team would entice him to sign with the Isles instead of going to the rival World Hockey Association.

Crisp played on the notorious Philadelphia Flyers teams of the 1970s when they were also known as the Broad Street Bullies. He won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Flyers in 1973–74 and 1974–75.

Coaching career[edit]

Crisp retired two games into the 1976-77 season at the age of 33 to become the Flyers assistant coach under Fred Shero. In the 1980s, he coached in the junior ranks and led the 1985 Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds to an undefeated season at home, going 33-0. With the like of scoring stars Wayne Groulx and Graeme Bonar, and the toughness supplied by Bob Probert and Jeff Beukeboom, the club finished first in the Ontario Hockey League with 54 wins, eleven losses, and one tie. Crisp once called Groulx, who wore number nine, the second best player ever to play for the Sault, behind only Wayne Gretzky, number 99. The club set a Canadian junior record by winning 33 games in a row at home. The Sault also took the OHL playoff championship, losing just two games in total, ironically, both at home. The Greyhounds represented the OHL at the Memorial Cup, where they came up short, losing to eventual champion Prince Albert of the WHL.

Thanks to his tremendous coaching success in junior, Crisp was named head coach of the Calgary Flames in 1987-88, following two years as the head coach of the team's AHL affiliate in Moncton. Despite a strong record and a Stanley Cup championship in 1989 over the Montreal Canadiens, Crisp and some of the team's players always seemed to be at odds with one another, and he was let go. Crisp then coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from their inception in 1992 until 1997.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 St. Mary's Lincolns OHA-B 32 49 71 120
1961–62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 50 16 22 38 57 10 1 6 7 6
1962–63 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA 50 39 35 74 68 9 5 12 17 10
1962–63 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 16 11 12 23 22
1963–64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 42 15 20 35 22
1964–65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 70 28 34 62 22 5 0 2 2 0
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1965–66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 61 11 22 33 35 9 1 5 6 0
1966–67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 69 31 42 73 37 11 3 7 10 0
1967–68 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 9 20 29 10 18 1 5 6 6
1968–69 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 6 9 15 14 12 3 4 7 20
1968–69 Kansas City Blues CHL 4 1 1 2 4
1969–70 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 5 6 11 2 16 2 3 5 2
1969–70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 51 15 34 49 14
1970–71 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 5 11 16 13 6 1 0 1 2
1971–72 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 13 18 31 12 11 1 3 4 2
1972–73 New York Islanders NHL 54 4 16 20 6
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 1 5 6 2 11 3 2 5 2
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 10 21 31 28 17 2 2 4 4
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 8 19 27 20 9 2 4 6 0
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 38 6 9 15 28 10 0 5 5 2
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 536 67 134 201 135 110 15 28 43 40

Coaching record[edit]

NHL head coaching[edit]

Season Team League Type G W L T OTL Pct Playoff Result
1987–88 Calgary Flames NHL Head coach 80 48 23 9 0 .656 Lost in Second Round
1988–89 Calgary Flames NHL Head coach 80 54 17 9 0 .731 Won Stanley Cup
1989–90 Calgary Flames NHL Head coach 80 42 23 15 0 .619 Lost in First Round
1992–93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Head coach 84 23 54 7 0 .315 Missed playoffs
1993–94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Head coach 84 30 43 11 0 .423 Missed playofffs
1994–95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Head coach 48 17 28 3 0 .385 Missed playoffs
1995–96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Head coach 82 38 32 12 0 .537 Lost in First Round
1996–97 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Head coach 82 32 40 10 0 .451 Missed playoffs
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Head coach1 11 2 7 2 0 .273 (Fired)
NHL head coach totals 631 286 267 69 0 .508

Minor leagues & assistant coach positions[edit]

Season Team League Type G W L T OTL Pct
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant coach
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant coach
1979–80 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL Head coach 68 22 45 1 0 .331
1980–81 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL Head coach 68 47 19 2 0 .706
1981–82 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL Head coach 68 40 25 3 0 .610
1982–83 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL Head coach 70 48 21 1 0 .693
1983–84 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL Head coach 70 38 28 4 0 .571
1984–85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL Head coach 66 54 11 1 0 .826
1985–86 Moncton Golden Flames AHL Head coach 80 34 34 12 0 .500
1986–87 Moncton Golden Flames AHL Head coach 80 43 31 0 6 .575

1 Midseason replacement

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