Crowder Checks In For Coventry

September 12, 2018 5:00 pm

Coventry Blaze have signed 31-year-old forward Tim Crowder.

The Canadian, who is brother of Fife Flyers forward Paul, joins the Blaze from French side Chamonix, for whom he scored seven goals and 22 points in 23 Ligue Magnus games last season.

Crowder also spent part of the 2017/18 season with Czech second tier side HC Ceske Budejovice, and previously enjoyed stints with Amiens, Angers and Dijon in the French top flight.

Selected in the 5th Round (126th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crowder won an NCAA Championship as a member of the Michigan State University Spartans in 2007

“Tim adds more size and skill instantly to our line-up.” Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said.

“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 power play better.”

Coventry are hoping to have Crowder in the line-up for Saturday’s Challenge Cup game away at Milton Keynes, before making his home debut against Nottingham at The Skydome on Sunday.

“After playing in France for so long, I feel that Coventry and the Elite League will be a new and positive experience for me.” Crowder said. “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.”

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