There are a lot of people in Montreal cheering for Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in the Stanley Cup final.
Crawford grew up in Châteauguay, on the South Shore of Montreal, and graduated from Howard S. Billings High School. Bryan Pitts, who has been a phys-ed teacher at Howard S. Billings for 22 years, including 18 as the hockey coach, thought Crawford had National Hockey League potential even at the high-school level.
“Absolutely,” told Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan. “There was something special about him. He was that good.
“Even when we were coaching him back then, when they scored on him … if they scored on him … it didn’t bother him, didn’t faze him, just like today,” Pitts added. “He had all the technique, all the talent in the world. He was just head’s above anybody else we had seen in high school. We always said he’s going to make it pro somewhere … whether it’s the NHL or the American Hockey League … we knew he was on his way at that age, for sure.”
Pitts also has a message for his former student and goaltender:
“I wish him all the luck … I know he’s working hard and the people at Billings are pulling for him. Bring us home the Cup.”
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