Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Crombeen
Right winger Mike Crombeen eclipsed the 40-goal mark three times during his junior career and was made a 1st round selection, fifth overall by the Cleveland Barons as a result. Crombeen, born on April 16th, 1957 in Sarnia, Ontario, was thrown to the wolves as a young rookie playing 48 NHL games in his first year of pro hockey.

Crombeen scored just 3 goals and 7 assists with the Barons with the rest of his season spent in the minors. When the Cleveland Barons franchise folded and many of its players were absorbed by the Minnesota North Stars the rest were available to the league in a Dispersal Draft. Crombeen traded in his Barons sweater for a St. Louis Blues jersey when they plucked him from the dissolved Cleveland roster.

Crombeen split the 1978-79 season between the Blues and the Central Hockey League's Salt Lake Golden Eagles. The next year, however, Crombeen became an NHL regular beginning a four-year stay spent exclusively at the NHL level with the Blues. His best season came in 1981-82 when he scored 19 goals and 27 points for the Blues. However the highlight of his time with the Blues came the previous spring when Crombeen scored a goal in double over time of Game Five of the Best of Five Conference Semi-Finals versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, when he slipped to just 6 goals the year following hitting 19, he was made available in the 1983 Waiver Draft where the Hartford Whalers selected him.

Crombeen played 56 games for Hartford in the 1983-84 season but couldn't rediscover his scoring touch with just 1goal and 5 points. His second year with the Whalers he played just 46 games and spent 6 more contests with their farm club in Binghamton. Mike Crombeen retired from hockey at seasons end.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Sarnia Black Hawks Minor-ON
1972-73 Sarnia Bees ON-Jr.B
1973-74 Kingston Canadians OHA-Jr. 69 19 29 48 59
1974-75 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 69 56 58 114 50 2 0 0 0 0
1975-76 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 57 43 39 82 65 7 3 4 7 8
1976-77 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 49 42 36 78 16 10 5 9 14 23
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 48 3 4 7 13 -26
1977-78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 12 4 4 8 4
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 13 1 2 3 4
1978-79 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 3 8 11 34 -13
1978-79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 30 6 9 15 48
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 10 12 22 20 -14 2 0 0 0 0
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 9 14 23 58 +1 11 3 0 3 8
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 19 8 27 32 -10 10 3 1 4 20
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 6 11 17 20 -5 4 0 1 1 4
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 56 1 4 5 25 -13
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 46 4 7 11 16 0
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 6 2 1 3 0
NHL Totals 475 55 68 123 218 27 6 2 8 32


OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1976, 1977) Claimed by St. Louis in Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 13, 1978. Claimed by Hartford from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1983.
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