B. J. Crombeen

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B. J. Crombeen
B. J. Crombeen and Keith Aulie.jpg
Crombeen (front) with Keith Aulie during warm-ups in 2013
Born (1985-07-10) July 10, 1985 (age 29)
Denver, CO, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2003
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2005–present

Brandon James "B. J." Crombeen[1] (born July 10, 1985) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing 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.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Professional[edit]

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.[3] 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[3]

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.[3] He led the team in penalty minutes that season.[5]

In June 2011, Crombeen signed a two-year contract extension with St. Louis.[6] He suffered a broken left shoulder blade, however, in the Blues' final pre-season game in October.[7] He finished the season with three points and 71 penalty minutes in 40 games.[3] 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.[8]

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Crombeen signed a contract with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL on November 16, 2012.[9] He played 44 games for the Lightning that season, totaling eight points and 112 penalty minutes.[3] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] On October 28, 2014, Crombeen scored his first goal as a member of the Coyotes in a 7–3 loss to, ironically, Tampa Bay.[13] On November 14, Crombeen played in his 400th career NHL game in Arizona's 5–0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Crombeen was born in Denver, Colorado, on July 10, 1985.[3] However, he grew up in Newmarket, Ontario.[15] He was diagnosed at the age of nine with type 1 diabetes, one of the few athletes in professional sports with the condition.[16] His father, Mike Crombeen, played five seasons for the Blues from 1978 to 1983.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Newmarket Hurricanes OPJHL 35 14 13 27 53
2001–02 Barrie Colts OHL 60 12 13 25 118 20 1 1 2 31
2002–03 Barrie Colts OHL 63 22 24 46 133 6 1 0 1 8
2003–04 Barrie Colts OHL 62 21 29 50 154 12 5 7 12 35
2004–05 Barrie Colts OHL 63 31 18 49 111 6 2 4 6 35
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 52 5 7 12 97 5 1 0 1 9
2005–06 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 8 5 3 8 5
2006–07 Ässät SM-l 55 13 9 22 152
2006–07 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 13 7 4 11 43 22 5 5 10 45
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 65 14 14 28 158
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 8 0 2 2 39 5 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 15 1 4 5 26
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
2014–15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 58 3 3 6 79
NHL totals 445 34 46 80 850 18 1 0 1 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B.J. Crombeen". Eliteprospects.com. 
  2. ^ a b "B.J. Crombeen". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "B.J. Crombeen". The Sports Network. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "B.J. Crombeen". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "B.J. Crombeen Notes". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blues sign F Crombeen to 2-year extension". National Hockey League. June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "B.J. Crombeen". The Hockey News. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Blues Trade Crombeen to Lightning for Draft Picks". TSN. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ The Official Website of the Orlando Solar Bears
  10. ^ Tampa Bay, Peter (March 5, 2013). "Lightning 5, Devils 2". Pupello. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ Tampa Bay, Lightning (April 1, 2013). "Lightning Agree to Terms with BJ Crombeen on Contract Extension". Press Release. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gagner with Arizona after trades; Oilers get Purcell". National Hockey League. 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  13. ^ Long, Corey (October 28, 2014). "Kucherov hat trick leads Lightning past Coyotes". NHL.com Correspondent. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ AP, Sports (November 14, 2014). "Hanzal has hat trick in Coyotes' rout of Canucks". Yahoo Sports NHL. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Frei, Terry (January 16, 2009). "Crombeen's Denver ties aren't binding". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ Frei, Terry (January 10, 2013). "Diabetes doesn't slow Lightning right wing B.J. Crombeen". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Blues Claim B.J. Crombeen from Waivers". St. Louis Blues. November 18, 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 

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