Adam Cracknell (born July 15, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who is currently playing under contract with HC Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Cracknell formerly played as a journeyman in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Cracknell in November 2014
July 15, 1985|
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)|
Kunlun Red Star|
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
279th overall, 2004|
Cracknell played junior hockey for the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and was a member of the team in 2004–05 when it won the WHL regular season championship. During the 2005–06, his last with Kootenay, Cracknell lead the team in goals (42), assists (51), and points (93); finished second in the WHL in total points; and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team.
Calgary Flames and St. Louis BluesEdit
Noticed by professional scouts for his size and work ethic, Cracknell was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the final round of the 2004 draft. He played three seasons (2006–2009) with the Flames' minor league affiliates, but failed to make the jump into the NHL, and on July 16, 2009 the St. Louis Blues signed him as an unrestricted free agent.
Cracknell spent the majority of the 2011 season playing for the Blues affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League. The Blues recalled him on March 1, 2011, and on March 12, Cracknell scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Detroit Red Wings. On April 17, 2014, Cracknell scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, a series the Blues lost in six games.
Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue JacketsEdit
On July 1, 2014, Cracknell signed a one-year deal as a free agent with the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. However, during training camp Cracknell failed to impress the Kings, who placed him on waivers. The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed him on October 7. Cracknell appeared in 17 games for the Blue Jackets, recording one assist. Cracknell also appeared in 18 games for the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and recorded three goals and seven points.
Return to St. LouisEdit
On February 26, 2015, Cracknell was reacquired by the Blues in exchange for future considerations. Cracknell spent the remainder of the season with the Wolves.
On August 25, 2015, the Vancouver Canucks signed Cracknell as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract. Expected to begin the year with the Utica Comets, Cracknell impressed at training camp and was named to the Canucks' opening night roster for the 2015–16 season. On October 12, 2015 he scored his first goal for the Canucks. Cracknell appeared in a career-high 44 games in Vancouver before he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Edmonton Oilers on February 29, 2016.
On July 3, 2016, Cracknell moved again, signing as a free agent with the Dallas Stars on a one-year, two-way contract. In his first game with the Stars, Cracknell recorded 2 points with a goal and an assist. On March 24, 2017, Cracknell scored his first career hat trick in a 6–1 win against the San Jose Sharks.
New York RangersEdit
Cracknell played in single game with the Stars to start the 2017–18 season, before he was placed on waivers. On October 9, 2017, his tenure with the Stars ended as the New York Rangers claimed Cracknell off waivers. After playing four games with the Rangers, Cracknell was placed on waivers on October 24 and later reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Cracknell appeared in 15 games with the Wolf Pack before he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Peter Holland on November 30, 2017. Cracknell was immediately assigned to the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket and played out the remainder of the season, contributing with 27 goals and 48 points in 52 games.
Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim DucksEdit
On July 1, 2018, Cracknell as a free agent agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the ensuing 2018–19 season, Cracknell appeared in 14 games and posted 10 points with AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies before he was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Steven Oleksy on December 10, 2018.
Kunlun Red StarEdit
After spending his first 13 professional seasons in North America, Cracknell left the NHL and signed his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year contract with Chinese club, Kunlun Red Star of the KHL, on July 4, 2019.
|2005–06||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights||AHL||6||1||2||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||31||8||14||22||35||8||3||3||6||6|
|2007–08||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||61||29||30||59||47||21||9||13||22||4|
|2007–08||Quad City Flames||AHL||4||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Quad City Flames||AHL||79||10||16||26||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||24||3||4||7||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||2||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||20||2||4||6||4||5||0||0||0||0|
|2013–14||St. Louis Blues||NHL||19||0||2||2||0||5||1||0||1||2|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||17||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||New York Rangers||NHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||15||2||1||3||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||San Diego Gulls||AHL||32||15||13||28||18||15||7||9||16||0|
- National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 287. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.
- "Adam Cracknell player profile". HockeysFuture.com. October 2, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
- "Kings sign Adam Cracknell and David Van der Gulik to one-year contracts". Los Angeles Kings. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Blue Jackets claim Adam Cracknell on waivers from Kings". Columbus Blue Jackets. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- "Blue Jackets trade Adam Cracknell to St. Louis Blues". Columbus Blue Jackets. February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- "Vancouver inks journeyman Adam Cracknell". NBC Sports. August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- "Canucks earn shootout victory in Anaheim". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- "Waivers roundup: Edmonton claims two". National Hockey League. February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
- "Stars sign RW Adam Cracknell to one-year contract". Dallas Stars. July 3, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
- Shapiro, Sean (October 14, 2016). "Adam Cracknell makes strong case to stick with Stars". www.todaysslapshot.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
- "Rangers Claim Forward Adam Cracknell". National Hockey League. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- Calamia, Matt (October 24, 2017). "Practice Report: Cracknell On Waivers; Pavelec to Start Against Arizona". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "Canadiens acquire Adam Cracknell from the Rangers". Montreal Canadiens. November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
- "Maple Leafs sign four players". Toronto Maple Leafs. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Ducks acquire Cracknell from Toronto for Oleksy". Anaheim Ducks. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- Kunlun Red Star (July 4, 2019). "Kunlun sign Adam Cracknell". Instagram. Retrieved July 4, 2019.