Mike Crombeen

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Mike Crombeen
Born (1957-04-16) April 16, 1957 (age 58)
Sarnia, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Cleveland Barons
St. Louis Blues
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1977
Cleveland Barons
WHA Draft 4th overall, 1977
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1978–1985

Michael Joseph Crombeen (born April 16, 1957 in Sarnia, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. His son B. J. currently plays with the Arizona Coyotes.

Playing career[edit]

Crombeen played his junior hockey with the Kingston Canadians of the OHA from 1973–1977, playing in 244 games, while getting 322 points (160 goals-162 assists). His best season was 1974–75, when he earned 114 points (56G-58A) in 69 games. In 19 career playoff games, he earned 21 points (8G-13A). Crombeen was drafted by the Cleveland Barons with the 5th overall pick in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, and was also selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the 4th overall pick in the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft. Crombeen elected to join the Barons.

Crombeen split the 1977–78 season between the minors and the NHL, playing with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL, getting 8 points (4G-4A) in 12 games, and the Binghamton Dusters of the AHL, getting 3 points (1G-2A) in 13 games, along with 48 games with the Cleveland Barons, scoring 7 points (3G-4A). As the Barons franchise folded and many of their players were absorbed by the Minnesota North Stars, Crombeen found himself left unprotected, and was picked up by the St. Louis Blues in the disperal draft.

Crombeen then started the 1978–79 season with the Golden Eagles, scoring 15 points (6G-9A) in 30 games, before joining the St. Louis Blues for 37 games, getting 11 points (3G-8A).

In 1979–80, Crombeen spent the entire season with the Blues, getting 22 points (10G-12A) in 71 games, and appeared in his first NHL playoffs, going pointless in 2 games. Crombeen then registered 23 points (9G-14A) in 69 games in 1980–81, and chipped in with 3 goals in 11 playoff games, including a goal in double overtime that clinched the Blues' first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 1981–82 was the most productive season of Crombeen's career, getting a career high 27 points (19G-8A) in 71 games, and earned 4 points (3G-1A) in 10 playoff games. He played in all 80 games in the 1982–83 season, getting 17 points (6G-11A), then earned an assist in 4 playoff games. On October 3, 1983, the Hartford Whalers picked up Crombeen off of waivers.

Crombeen spent the 1983–84 season with the Whalers, getting 5 points (1G-4A) in 56 games, then split the 1984–85 season with Hartford, getting 11 points (4G-7A) in 46 games, and with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL, earning 3 points (2G-1A) in 6 games. After the season, Crombeen announced his retirement from hockey.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Kingston Canadians OHA 69 19 29 48 59
1974–75 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 69 56 58 114 50 2 0 0 0 0
1975–76 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 57 43 39 82 65 7 3 4 7 8
1976–77 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 49 42 36 78 16 10 5 9 14 23
1977–78 Cleveland Barons NHL 48 3 4 7 13
1977–78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 12 4 4 8 4
1977–78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 13 1 2 3 4
1978–79 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 3 8 11 34
1978–79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 30 6 9 15 48
1979–80 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 10 12 22 20 2 0 0 0 0
1980–81 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 9 14 23 58 11 3 0 3 8
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 19 8 27 32 10 3 1 4 20
1982–83 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 6 11 17 20 4 0 1 1 4
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 56 1 4 5 25
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 46 4 7 11 16
1984–85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 2 1 3 0
OHA/OMJHL totals 244 160 162 322 190 19 8 13 21 31
CHL totals 42 10 13 23 52
AHL totals 19 3 3 6 4
NHL totals 475 55 68 123 218 27 6 2 8 32

Awards[edit]

  • 1976, 1977: OMJHL Second All-Star Team

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bjorn Johansson
Cleveland Barons first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Bernie Federko
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Kevin Lowe