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Friday, January 6, 2012

Jan 6--Keith Crowder

Keith Crowder

Keith Crowder hockey player photo

Selected by Boston Bruins round 3 #57 overall 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

In July 1978 the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA signed him as an underage free agent. He eventually joined the Bulls team after the Memorial Cup final with the Petes. He immediately showed some toughness on the Bulls team as he picked up 17 Pim's in 5 games and added a goal as well. The WHA of course folded after that 1978-79 season and Keith was taken in the 1979 NHL entry draft by Boston. (57th overall). In 1979-80 he played for Binghamton Whalers (AHL) and Grand Rapid Owls (IHL) to gain some experience. As the 1980-81 season started Keith played for the Bruins farm team in Springfield (AHL). The Bruins called him up on December 13,1980. Keith never looked back from that moment on, and never played another minor league game. Keith was a hard-nosed winger and crowd favourite in Boston for almost a decade in the 1980's. He not only was tough but he could score as well. Keith was a working man's player who often had to do the "dirty work". He didn't mind it though and mixed it with solid and steady offensive production.
It wasn't a spectacular career, but it sure was a very solid one, and an honest and hardworking one. On October 16, 1999 Keith was inducted into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.

Received these blue ink signed cards I think IP. I don't remember sending to him so it must have been at the NHL SloPitch tourney.

1980-1990Boston, Los Angeles6622232714941,354
1981-1990Boston, Los Angeles85142236218

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