Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford grew up in Chateauguay, on the south shore of Montreal, as a huge Canadiens fan, idolizing Patrick Roy.
In fact, Roy is the reason he became a goalie.
“Patrick Roy is pretty much the reason why I wanted to be a goalie,” Crawford, who was 8 when St. Patrick led the Canadiens to their last Stanley Cup in 1993, told The Gazette a couple of years ago. “He was the man back in the day and I wanted to be like him.”
Crawford’s mother, Sylvia, told the Chicago Sun-Times: “I remember him watching Patrick Roy. We had this tape of the playoffs, and he’d watch it over, over and over again. I knew he had a fascination. He’d watch it two, three times in a row.”
Crawford’s father, Trevor, wasn’t thrilled when his son decided to become a goalie around his ninth birthday.
“There is so much pressure on them,” the father told the Sun-Times. “They seem to be a scapegoat when things don’t go well. I wasn’t too keen on it at first, and the other reason being is he was such a good forward. . . . But (playing goalie is) something he wanted to do.”
Crawford played high school hockey for Howard S. Billings in Chateauguay and played junior with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. The Blackhawks selected him in the second round (52nd overall) at the 2003 NHL entry draft.
The 28-year-old, who is in the second year of a three-year, $8-million contract, made 29 saves as the Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final. Crawford made 21 saves Saturday in a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 1.
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