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Crozier, Roger
Detroit Red Wings

After finishing the 1964-65 season in first place, ROGER CROZIER and the Detroit Red Wings dipped to fourth in 1965-66. Montreal, with 90 points, led the league, while Detroit came up with 74. But fourth place meant entry to the post season, and that invitation gave the Wings a shot at the Stanley Cup. It had been quite a year for the Red Wings -- they lost defenseman Doug Barkley to a career-ending eye injury, while a huge trade with Toronto saw the Wings acquire Andy Bathgate, Billy Harris and Gary Jarrett in return for Marcel Pronovost, Larry Jeffrey, Ed Joyal, Lowell MacDonald and Aut Erickon. Facing Chicago in the semi-finals, Detroit beat the favoured Hawks four games to two. In the finals, Detroit met the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. Although the Canadiens won a second straight Stanley Cup in 1965-66, the underdog Wings took Montreal to six games, with the acrobatic ROGER CROZIER almost single-handedly thwarting the Canadiens' efforts. In only his second full NHL season, CROZIER won six playoff games in 1965-66, earning one shutout and a meager 2.34 goals-against average. It was the first time that a player not on the Stanley Cup champion would win the CONN SMYTHE -- a tribute to CROZIER's exceptional playoff performance in 1965-66.

Crozier, Roger