A speedy forward who was at home at either centre or wing, Samuel "Rusty" Crawford played briefly in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas. Prior to the formation of the NHL, he was a star in the NHA. He was also a proficient competitor in the WCHL during the 1920s and skated in the AHA before retiring.
The native of Cardinal, Ontario began playing hockey as an amateur in Verdun, Quebec. In 1910 he ventured West to play two seasons with the senior Saskatoon Wholesalers. This was followed by an excellent five-year stretch with the NHA's Quebec Bulldogs where he contributed to a Stanley Cup title in 1912-13. Crawford was one of the more dangerous scorers in the league and in one three-year period he tallied 51 times in 61 matches.
Prior to the inaugural NHL season in 1917-18, Crawford was claimed by the Ottawa Senators in the Dispersal Draft. After playing 12 games in Bytown, the talented forward joined the Toronto Arenas and was one of the club's top players when they won the Stanley Cup later that year. In 1918-19, Crawford scored seven goals. This was followed by two years with the senior Saskatoon Crescents before a return to top flight competition in the WCHL.
Crawford starred for the Saskatoon Sheiks and Calgary Tigers during his five years in the league. He played four years for the Minneapolis Millers of the AHA before hanging up his skates at the age of 45 in 1930. He spent the 1930-31 season behind the bench of the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Senior league and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.