Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Roger Crozier
Born in Bracebridge, Ontario on March 16 1942 goaltender Roger Crozier made his NHL debut when Detroit Red Wings star netminder Terry Sawchuck was felled by injury. Crozier played the last 15 games of the season for Detroit and impressed the brass enough that exposed Sawchuk in the waiver draft. When Sawchuck was claimed by the Maple Leafs, Crozier was handed the starting job.

Crozier put together an incredible rookie season, playing 70 games while winning a league-leading 40 of them as well as leading the NHL in shutouts with six. Crozier was named to the First All-Star Team as well as being anointed the leagues top rookie. Crozier, who suffered from pancreaitis missed the beginning of the 1965-66 season, but when he returned he was able to deliver a worthy encore to his solid rookie campaign. Again Crozier led the league in games played and shutouts and his solid play led the Wings to the 1966 Stanley Cup Finals. Though they fell to the Montreal Canadiens, Crozier was named the playoff MVP in defeat.

Injuries and illness kept Crozier from building on his early success and in 1970 he was traded to the expansion Buffalo Sabres. With Buffalo Crozier platooned with Dave Dryden and later Gerry Desjardins. His most successful year with Buffalo came in 1974-75 when he recorded a 17-2 record then teamed with Desjardins to backstop the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals in just their fifth season.

In 1976-77 Crozier hadn't played at all when the Buffalo Sabres traded his rights to the Washington Capitals on March 3rd, 1977. He played three contests for the Capitals, the last three games of his career.

With his playing days now behind him, Crozier joined the Capitals front office and briefly served as the clubs General Manager as well as Head Coach for a single game.

Roger Crozier died from cancer on January 11th, 1996. In 2000 the NHL unveiled the Roger Crozier Award given annually to the netminder who posts the best save percentage in each season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1959-60 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 48 25 19 4 1 3.98 17 0 3.06
1959-60 St. Catharines Teepees M-Cup 14 8 5 1 0 4.09
1960-61 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 48 18 24 6 0 4.25 6 0 3.50
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 2 0 0 0 2.31
1961-62 St. Catharines Teepees OHA-Jr. 45 1 3.91 6 0 3.17
1961-62 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds EPHL 3 0 1 2 0 4.00
1961-62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1962-63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 4 3 1 0 0 2.50
1962-63 St. Louis Braves EPHL 70 26 35 9 1 4.27
1963-64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 5 6 4 2 3.40 3 0 2 0 2.38
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 44 30 13 1 4 2.34 3 1 2 0 0 2.93
1964-65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 40 22 7 6 2.42 7 3 4 0 3.29
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 27 24 12 7 2.78 12 6 5 1 2.34
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 22 29 4 4 3.35
1967-68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 5 3 2 0 0 2.49
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 9 18 2 1 3.30
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 38 12 16 3 0 3.33
1969-70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 16 6 9 0 2.65 1 0 1 0 5.29
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 9 20 7 1 3.69
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 13 34 14 2 3.51
1972-73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 23 13 7 3 2.76 4 2 2 0 2.65
1973-74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 4 5 0 0 3.80
1974-75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 17 2 1 3 2.62 5 3 2 0 2.88
1975-76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 8 2 0 1 2.61
1976-77 Washington Capitals NHL 3 1 0 0 0 1.17
NHL Totals 518 206 197 70 30 3.03 32 14 16 1 2.75


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1960, 1961, 1962)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1964)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1964)
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1964)
NHL First All-Star Team (1965)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1965)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1966)
Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Ron Ingram for Howie Young, June 5, 1963. Traded to Buffalo by Detroit for Tom Webster, June 10, 1970. Traded to Washington by Buffalo for cash, March 3, 1977.