Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Keith Crowder
Following three successful junior seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHA, Crowder was chosen by the Boston Bruins 57th overall in the third round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

The Petes were a powerhouse club during those days and had advanced to the Memorial Cup finals in 1978 where they lost 7-4 to the defending champion New Westminster Bruins of the WHL. However, the Petes once again represented the OHA in 1979 and scored an exciting 2-1 overtime victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings to take the championship.

Before beginning his NHL career, Crowder became a professional with the WHA during the 1978-79 season, when he played in five games for the Birmingham Bulls and was tagged as one of the "Baby Bulls" along with other under-agers Mike Gartner, Craig Hartsburgh, Rick Vaive, and Rob Ramage.

In 1979-80, Crowder failed to make the Bruins, so he was sent to the minors for a year of development. He appeared with the Grand Rapids Owls of the IHL and the Binghamton Dusters of the AHL.

In 1980-81, Crowder cracked the Boston Bruins' lineup, dressing for 47 games, scoring 13 goals and 25 points while generating 172 minutes in penalties. His play earned him a regular spot in the Bruins' lineup the following season. In 71 games, he had 23 goals and 44 points. Crowder's best offensive season came in 1985-86, when he scored 38 goals and 46 assists for 84 points in 77 games. The rugged style of play continued to play a major role in his game as he spent 177 minutes in the box. The 1988 playoffs saw the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup finals, which was the closest Crowder came to winning a championship. The Bruins were ousted in four-straight games by the Edmonton Oilers, who claimed their fourth Cup in five years.

Crowder's nine-year association with the Boston Bruins ended after the 1988-89 season. He signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings in 1989-90, which was his last season in the NHL. In 662 NHL games, Crowder scored 223 goals and 494 points.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Essex 73's ON-Jr.C 38 56 42 98 104
1976-77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 58 13 19 32 99 4 0 2 2 9
1977-78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 58 30 30 60 135 14 3 5 8 21
1977-78 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 2 6 8 9
1978-79 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 42 25 41 66 76 15 12 6 18 40
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 5 1 0 1 17
1978-79 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 5 0 4 4 28
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 13 4 0 4 15
1979-80 Grand Rapids Owls IHL 20 10 13 23 22
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 47 13 12 25 172 +9 3 2 0 2 9
1980-81 Springfield Indians AHL 26 12 18 30 34
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 71 23 21 44 101 0 11 2 2 4 14
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 74 35 39 74 105 +22 17 1 6 7 54
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 63 24 28 52 128 +12 3 0 0 0 7
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 79 32 38 70 152 +31 4 3 2 5 19
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 78 38 46 84 177 +14 3 2 0 2 21
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 58 22 30 52 106 +20 4 0 1 1 4
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 68 17 26 43 173 +14 23 3 9 12 44
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 69 15 18 33 147 +6 10 0 2 2 37
1989-90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 55 4 13 17 93 +2 7 1 0 1 9
NHL Totals 662 223 271 494 1354 85 14 22 36 218


Brother of Bruce Signed as an underage free agent by Birmingham (WHA), July, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, June 28, 1989.
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