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Troy Crowder
Troy Crowder
Right Wing
Number: 25
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Right
Born: May 3, 1968
Birthplace: Sudbury, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on August 27, 1991.
Drafted: NJD / 1986 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 6th (108th overall)
There is no denying that when the New Jersey Devils selected Troy Crowder with the 108th pick overall in the sixth round of the NHL entry draft in 1986 they were looking for an enforcer. Crowder had earned the respect of his peers in junior hockey in Ontario while playing for the Hamilton Steelhawks, Belleville Bulls, and North Bay Centennials, despite the fact he never really liked fighting. Nonetheless, he had a reputation for being one of the best in all of junior hockey, and the Devils selected him, knowing that a player such as Crowder would have a role to fill in the NHL.

Crowder got his first opportunity to play at the NHL level with the Devils in 1989-90 when he suited up for ten games. His main goal was to keep the peace, assuring other teams did not take any cheap shots at any of the Devils' star players. As it happened, there was little trouble, and Crowder found himself sitting at the end of the players' bench for much of those 10 games.

In 1990-91, he played in 59 games for the Devils, the most he would play in any one season during his six-year NHL career. He scored six goals and three assists for nine points, two more than he'd achieve in his other five NHL seasons combined.

When he began his NHL career, Crowder had no intention of being a fighter, but he soon realized that was the sole reason for his being called up to the big leagues. His indifference to fighting, and at times the game of hockey itself, shone through quite clearly when he retired for close to four years in his mid-twenties.

For seven games in 1991-92, Crowder joined the Red Wings, as the team felt it made more sense for he and Probert to play together rather than bash one another. That experiment was very short-lived, as Crowder decided he was tired of playing the tough guy role and he retired at the age of 24.

In 1994-95, he was lured back to the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings. He was used in just 44 games over the next two years, usually being inserted into the lineup only when the expectation of trouble was at its highest. As a free agent, Crowder signed a deal with the Vancouver Canucks for the 1996-97 season. He played in 30 games with the Canucks, which was his final year in the NHL. Crowder left the NHL having played in 150 games, scoring nine goals and 16 points with 433 minutes in penalties.

Crowder tried his hand at playing one season of pro hockey in the German Elite League with Hanover, but he registered just a single point in 19 games. In 1998-99 he played 25 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL and 16 games with the London Knights of the British League, with similar dismal offensive results.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80