Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nels Crutchfield
Center Nels Crutchfield was born in the Quebec town of Knowlton on July 12th, 1911. Crutchfield played three seasons with the Shawinigan Cataracts then moved on to McGill University, where he played for three seasons. With McGill, Crutchfield served as the team's captain and was also part of a feared offensive juggernaut know as "The Four Horsemen" comprised of Crutchfield, Ken Farmer, Hugh Farquharson and the aptly named Jack McGill.

In 1934-35, after his third and final season with McGill, Crutchfield moved on to the National Hockey League. His rights were owned by the Montreal Maroons, but an October 3rd 1934 trade that sent Lionel Conacher and the rights to Herb Cain across town made Crutchfield a Montreal Canadien. Crutchfield played 41 games for Les Habitants and scored 5 goals and 10 points.

Crutchfield tragically would not play hockey again following his first campaign. Injuries he sustained in an automobile accident in September of 1935 would keep him from playing again.

Nels Crutchfield was elected to the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame on January 10th 2002.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1928-29 Shawinigan Cataractes ECHA 24 8 1 9 39
1929-30 Shawinigan Cataractes ECHA 24 5 4 9 38
1930-31 Shawinigan Cataractes ECHA 12 6 4 10 6
1930-31 McGill Redmen MCHL 12 2 2 4 21 4 2 0 2 8
1930-31 McGill Redmen Al-Cup 6 2 0 2 14
1931-32 McGill Redmen MCHL 12 7 6 13 41 2 1 0 1 11
1932-33 McGill Redmen MCHL 10 7 4 11 33 7 1 1 2 28
1933-34 McGill Redmen MCHL 12 3 8 11 34 2 1 0 1 6
1933-34 McGill Redmen Al-Cup 4 3 1 4 12
1934-35 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 5 5 10 20 2 0 1 1 22
NHL Totals 41 5 5 10 20 2 0 1 1 22


Rights traded to Montreal by Mtl. Maroons for Lionel Conacher and the rights to Herb Cain, October 3, 1934.
Suffered career-ending injuries in automobile accident, September 28, 1935.
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