Stewart adds Crowder to line-up
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to confirm the addition of 31-year-old forward Tim Crowder to their 2018/19 Elite League roster.
The 6'2" right-shooter, who is a native of Victoria, BC, Canada, has spent each of the past six years in the French Ligue Magnus with Dijon, Angers, Amiens and most recently Chamonix.
Overall in France, Crowder iced 159 regular season games posting 86 goals, 94 assists for 180 points, also scoring 19 times, and adding 22 helpers in 44 playoff matches.
He was a Cup winner with Amiens during 2013/14, a competition in which he played a total of 22 times with 27 points. The following season, he represented the French side in 6 IIHF Continental Cup games grabbing 4 points.
Included in his European experience are brief stints in the Czech second division and Swedish first division.
Tim, who is the brother of Paul Crowder, currently of Fife Flyers and a double-champion with the Cardiff Devils last season, also has over 200 ECHL regular season and Kelly Cup games on his CV totalling a near 100 points.
His collegiate career was played in the NCAA with Michigan State University where he had 106 points in 151 games over four years. In 2007 he was an NCAA Champion and later an associate Captain.
In 2005, he was drafted round 5, 126th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Crowder will travel to Coventry this week and hopes to make his debut at Milton Keynes in the Challenge Cup on Saturday before playing his first game at the Skydome Arena in Elite League regular season action against the Nottingham Panthers on Sunday (5.15pm).
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Tim adds more size and skill instantly to our line-up. He’s been a point producer his whole career. We really like our group at this stage, but the chance to add more goals and offensive ability, can only make us better. He will also add some experience to a relatively young group, and we look forward to getting him here for the weekend. He’s poised with the puck and makes plays. He will certainly give us more scoring depth and make our powerplay better.”
Tim Crowder commented, “After playing in France for so long, I feel that Coventry and the Elite League will be a new and positive experience for me. Based on my research, I think it will be a good fit for me and I hope to contribute the best I can. I am excited to get things going.”