B. J. Crombeen
|B. J. Crombeen|
Crombeen (front) with Keith Aulie during warm-ups in 2013
July 10, 1985 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||54th overall, 2003
Brandon James Crombeen (born July 10, 1985 in Denver, Colorado and raised in Newmarket, Ontario. ) is an American-born Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger who last played for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played in the NHL for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted by the former in the second round, 54th overall, in 2003.
Crombeen started his junior hockey career with the OPJHL's Newmarket Hurricane 87's in the 2000–01 season. He then spent four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Barrie Colts. He had 170 points in 248 regular season games and 21 points in 44 playoff games for Barrie, also recording over 100 penalty minutes in each season.
Crombeen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round, 54th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In July 2005, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Stars. He split the 2005–06 season with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Iowa Stars and the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads, totaling 20 points in 60 regular season games. In August 2006, he signed with Ässät of SM-liiga. In 55 games, he had 22 points and 152 penalty minutes. He also played 13 regular season games and 22 playoff games for Idaho in 2006–07 and helped the team win the ECHL championship.
Crombeen spent most of the 2007–08 season with the Iowa Stars, but was later recalled to the Dallas Stars in January and made his NHL debut. He played eight regular season games and five Stanley Cup playoff games for Dallas. In July 2008, he re-signed with the team as a restricted free agent. Crombeen played 15 games for Dallas early in the season, but in November, he was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Blues. He finished the 2008–09 season with St. Louis, playing in 66 games and scoring 17 points.
Crombeen re-signed with the Blues as a restricted free agent in July 2009. During the 2009–10 season, he played in 79 games. He had 15 points and a career-high 168 penalty minutes. In 2010–11, he played in 80 games, totaling 14 points and 154 penalty minutes. He led the team in penalty minutes that season.
In June 2011, Crombeen signed a two-year contract extension with St. Louis. He suffered a broken left shoulder blade, however, in the Blues' final pre-season game in October. He finished the season with three points and 71 penalty minutes in 40 games. After the first year of his extension, St. Louis traded Crombeen and a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for fourth-round picks in both 2013 and 2014.
Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Crombeen signed a contract with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL on November 16, 2012. He played 44 games for the Lightning that season, totaling eight points and 112 penalty minutes. On March 5, 2013, Crombeen scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning in a 5–2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. On April 1, 2013, Tampa Bay announced the re-signing of Crombeen to a two-year contract extension. He skated 30 games that season, recording a goal and seven points to go along with 86 penalty minutes and a +6 plus-minus rating. Crombeen finished first on the Lightning and fifth in the NHL in penalty minutes accumulated for the 2012–13 season.
On June 29, 2014, the Arizona Coyotes acquired Crombeen and Sam Gagner from the Lightning in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. On October 28, 2014, Crombeen scored his first goal as a member of the Coyotes in a 7–3 loss to Tampa Bay. On November 14, Crombeen played in his 400th career NHL game in Arizona's 5–0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Crombeen was diagnosed at the age of nine with type 1 diabetes, one of the few athletes in professional sports with the condition. His father, Mike Crombeen, played five seasons for the Blues from 1978 to 1983.
|2008–09||St. Louis Blues||NHL||66||11||6||17||122||4||0||0||0||12|
|2009–10||St. Louis Blues||NHL||79||7||8||15||168||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||7||7||14||154||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||40||1||2||3||71||7||1||0||1||31|
|2012–13||Orlando Solar Bears||ECHL||2||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||44||1||7||8||112||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||55||3||7||10||79||2||0||0||0||0|
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