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Born March 16, 1942(1942-03-16),
Bracebridge, ON, CAN
Died January 11, 1996 (aged 53),
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Height
Weight
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
Pro clubs Detroit Red Wings
Buffalo Sabres
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1960 – 1977

Roger Allan Crozier (March 16, 1942 in Bracebridge, Ontario – January 11, 1996) was a Canadian professional hockey goaltender who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals.

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Playing career

Crozier spent his junior career playing in goal for the St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1959 to 1962. In 1960, Crozier led his team to the Memorial Cup Championship. He spent most of his first pro season playing in the EPHL for the Syracuse/St. Louis Braves. In 1963 he joined the Detroit Red Wings organization, playing 44 games for their AHL affiliate, the Pittsburgh Hornets. Crozier also made his NHL debut that season getting called up for 15 games with the parent Detroit Red Wings club.

In his first full NHL season of 1964-1965, Crozier started all 70 games for the Red Wings leading the league with 40 wins and 6 shutouts. At the end of the season, Crozier was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the leagues top rookie. The following season, 1965-1966, Crozier and the Red Wings made it to the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens. Detroit lost the series in six games, but Crozier's heroic efforts in net earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup playoffs Most Valuable Player. He was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in a losing effort. Crozier played eight seasons with Detroit, missing portions of three seasons due to pancreatitis.

In the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft, Buffalo Sabres General Manager "Punch" Imlach drafted Tom Webster from Boston and promptly dealt him to Detroit for Crozier. Crozier started the Sabres' first NHL game ever on October 10, 1970 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crozier turned away 35 of 36 shots to earn the franchise's first victory 2-1. His early years in Buffalo were marked by games with high numbers of shots. During the 1971-1972 season, he turned away 2,190 shots, which is still the team's record for shots faced by a goalie in a single season.

In the 1974-75 season, Crozier and Gerry Desjardins shared goaltending duties as the Sabres won the Adams Division for the first time in franchise history. The Sabres went on to face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals. Crozier played in two games in the series which the Sabres lost in six.

In 1977, Crozier was traded to the Washington Capitals where he retired after three games. He served in the Capitals' front office and eventually became interim General Manager during the 1981-1982 season after Max McNab was relieved of his duties, and also served as head coach for one game. Under his watch, the Capitals would pick Scott Stevens during the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

In 1980, Crozier was the first player inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.

In his NHL career, he played in 518 regular season games, earning 206 wins and 30 shutouts. He had a career goals against average of 3.04.

After his career in hockey, he returned to the Buffalo area. He eventually moved to Wilmington, Delaware where he rose to the level of executive vice president of Worldwide Facilities and Construction at MBNA Bank and held this position at the time of his death.

Roger Crozier died after a battle with cancer on January 11, 1996, aged 53. In 2000, the NHL unveiled the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award given annually to the goaltender who posts the best save percentage in each season.

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1959–60 St. Catharines Teepees OHA 48 25 19 4 2880 191 1 3.98
1960–61 St. Catharines Teepees OHA 48 18 24 6 2880 204 0 4.25
1960–61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 3 2 0 0 130 5 0 2.31
1961–62 St. Catharines Teepees OHA 45 2670 174 1 3.91
1961–62 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 3 0 1 2 180 12 0 4.00
1961–62 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00
1962–63 St. Louis Braves EPHL 70 26 35 9 4200 299 1 4.27
1962–63 Buffalo Bisons AHL 4 3 1 0 240 10 0 2.50
1963–64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 44 30 13 1 2640 103 4 2.34
1963–64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 5 6 4 900 51 2 3.40 .900
1964–65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 40 22 7 4168 168 6 2.42 .913
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 27 24 12 3734 173 7 2.78 .904
1966–67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 22 29 4 3256 182 4 3.35 .895
1967–68 Fort Worth Wings CPHL 5 3 1 0 265 12 0 2.49 .909
1967–68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 9 18 2 1729 95 1 3.30
1968–69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 38 12 16 3 1820 101 0 3.33
1969–70 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 16 6 9 1877 83 0 2.65
1970–71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 9 20 7 2198 135 1 3.68 .900
1971–72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 13 34 14 3654 214 2 3.51 --
1972–73 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 23 13 7 2633 121 3 2.76
1973–74 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 4 5 0 615 39 0 3.80
1974–75 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 17 2 1 1260 55 3 2.62 .904
1975–76 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 8 2 0 620 27 1 2.61 .888
1976–77 Washington Capitals NHL 3 1 0 0 103 2 0 1.17
NHL totals 518 206 197 70 28,567 1446 30 3.03 --

See also

References

Preceded by
Jean Béliveau
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1966
Succeeded by
Dave Keon
Preceded by
Jacques Laperrière
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1965
Succeeded by
Brit Selby







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