Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Troy Crowder
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 ten 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 Hannover, 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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Sudbury Walden Reps NOHA 28 20 21 41 63
1985-86 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 56 4 4 8 178
1986-87 Belleville Bulls OHL 21 5 5 10 52
1986-87 North Bay Centennials OHL 35 6 11 17 90 23 3 9 12 99
1987-88 North Bay Centennials OHL 9 1 2 3 44
1987-88 Belleville Bulls OHL 46 12 27 39 103 6 2 3 5 24
1987-88 Utica Devils AHL 3 0 0 0 36
1987-88 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 12
1988-89 Utica Devils AHL 62 6 4 10 152 2 0 0 0 25
1989-90 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 0 0 0 23 0 2 0 0 0 10
1989-90 Nashville Knights ECHL 3 0 0 0 15
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 59 6 3 9 182 -10
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 0 0 35 0 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHLMGNT
1993-94
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 29 1 2 3 99 0
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 15 1 0 1 42 -3
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 30 1 2 3 52 -6
1996-97 Syracuse Crunch AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Hannover Scorpions Germany 19 1 0 1 34 2 0 1 1 33
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 25 0 1 1 44 0
1998-99 London Knights Britain 22 3 4 7 75 6 1 1 2 4
NHL Totals 150 9 7 16 433 4 0 0 0 22


Missed majority of 1989-90 season in retirement. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 27, 1991.
Missed majority of 1991-92 season and all of 1992-93 and 1993-94 due to back injury vs. Montreal, October 10, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 31, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, October 4, 1996.
Played w/ RHI's LA Blades in 1995 (4-0-1-1-18).
Offically announced retirement, August 6, 1999.
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