Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bart Crashley
Although certainly not a household name, defenseman Bart Crashley carved out a decent professional hockey career from 1965 to 1978 with a variety of teams in various leagues.

As a junior, Crashley patrolled the defense for the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA for three years before making the jump to the NHL with the parent Detroit Red Wings. He played his first NHL game at the age of 19. Most of the following year was spent in the minors with the Memphis Wings of the CPHL.

In 1967-68, the year of expansion, Crashley appeared in 57 games for the Wings, scoring two goals and 16 points. Although he was deemed a solid defender, he had trouble maintaining a roster spot and was relegated to the minors for most of the next four years.

It was the birth of the rival WHA which gave players like Crashley another opportunity at earning bigger money in an elite league, billed as being an equal to the NHL. Although the New York Islanders had also selected him in the NHL expansion draft, Crashley opted to sign with the Los Angeles Sharks in 1972-73. He had the season of his life, playing in 70 games, scoring 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points. The 18 goals were the most scored by any defenseman that year in the WHA. He returned the following year and contributed 30 points.

Crashley was thankful for the opportunity the WHA had given him, but he still had a strong desire to play in the NHL. With the expansion of 1974, Crashley returned to play for the Kansas City Scouts after the New York Islanders traded his rights to the Scouts in a deal that included Bob Bourne. He was in a Scouts' uniform for 27 games before being traded back to the Detroit Red Wings where he began his career.

Once again, things did not pan out for Crashley in Detroit and he was part of a huge trade which saw Marcel Dionne and him traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Terry Harper, Dan Maloney, and the Kings' second-round draft pick. Crashley played in just four games with the L.A. Kings in 1975-76, his last stop in the NHL. He retired from professional hockey after the 1977-78 season with the Binghamton Dusters of the AHL.

Crashley played a total of six NHL seasons, appearing in 140 games, scoring seven goals and 36 assists for 50 points. After retiring, Crashley turned his attention to coaching and until recently had served as an assistant with the OHL's Guelph Storm.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 50 1 16 17 18 5 0 0 0 2
1963-64 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 46 5 19 24 31
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 56 11 35 46 40
1965-66 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 46 8 31 39 55
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 4 2 6 8
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 49 6 26 32 40 7 1 5 6 4
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 2 14 16 18 +6
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 13 0 4 4 16 13 3 9 12 12
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Fort Worth Wings CHL 37 6 14 20 40
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 45 4 9 13 4 7 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Kansas City Blues CHL 58 5 19 24 28
1971-72 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 56 20 38 58 24 6 0 7 7 5
1972-73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 70 18 27 45 10 6 0 2 2 2
1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 78 4 26 30 16
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 27 3 6 9 10 -16
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 2 15 17 14 -10
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 6 -10
1975-76 Fort Worth Texans CHL 62 11 32 43 61
1976-77 Springfield Indians AHL 18 2 3 5 10
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 23 4 11 15 10
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 60 4 17 21 18
1978-79
1979-80 EC VSV Villach Austria 29 10 24 34 26
1980-81 EC Innsbruck Austria
1981-82 EC Innsbruck Austria
1982-83
1983-84
1984-85 EC Innsbruck Austria 36 1 18 19 14
NHL Totals 140 7 36 43 50


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1966) CHL First All-Star Team (1972)
CHL - Most Valuable Defenseman (1972)
Traded to Montreal by Detroit with Pete Mahovlich for Garry Monahan and Doug Piper, June 6, 1969. Selected by Los Angeles (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed by NY Islanders from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to Kansas City by NY Islanders to complete transaction that sent Bob Bourne to NY Islanders (September 10, 1974), September 16, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Kansas City with Ted Snell and Larry Giroux for Guy Charron and Claude Houde, December 14, 1974. Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Marcel Dionne for Dan Maloney, Terry Harper and Los Angeles' 2nd round choice (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Jim Roberts) in 1976 Amateur Draft, June 23, 1975.
Combined totals only for 1981-82 and 1984-85 seasons (129-25-86-111-14) available for IEV Innsbruck.