Bart Crashley

Bart Crashley (born June 15, 1946) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 148 games in the National Hockey League and 140 games in the World Hockey Association. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Sharks, Kansas City Scouts, and Los Angeles Kings between 1965 and 1976.

Bart Crashley
Born (1946-06-15) June 15, 1946 (age 74)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Kansas City Scouts
Los Angeles Kings
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1964–1980
1983–1985

Playing careerEdit

Crashley was promising rushing defenceman in his rookie year of 1967–68 with Detroit where he wore jersey #15 and was paired with Gary Bergman. His style of play was not encouraged by coach Sid Abel who reportedly instructed Crashley to not carry the puck past his own blueline. Crashely was subsequently traded to Montreal where he played in their farm system.

Crashley was selected by the New York Islanders in 1972 expansion draft, but opted to join Los Angeles Sharks of the World Hockey Association, spending two seasons there. He returned to the NHL in 1974 with the expansion Kansas City Scouts, wearing #4. He returned to Detroit via a trade halfway through that season where he again wore #4. Went to the Los Angeles Kings along with Marcel Dionne in a blockbuster trade. He played four games for the Kings, spending most of the season in the minor leagues.

After two more seasons in the minors Crashley went to Austria, where he served as player-coach of Villacher SV during the 1979–80 season. He retired from playing and coached full time, though returned to play in 1983 with Innsbrucker EV for two seasons before retiring for good in 1985.

Post-playing careerEdit

After retiring from playing in 1980 Crashley became a coach in the Austrian Hockey League, and served as player-coach during his comeback from 1983 to 1985. He coached in Austria until 1993. In 1998–99 he was the assistant coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, and in 2007–08 coached the Couchiching Terriers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He also coached of the Campbellford Rebels of the Empire B Junior C Hockey League in 2012–13.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1962–63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 50 1 16 17 18 5 0 0 0 2
1963–64 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 46 5 19 24 31
1963–64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1964–65 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 56 11 35 46 40
1965–66 Hamilton Red Wings OHA 46 8 31 39 55
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966–67 Memphis Wings CHL 49 6 26 32 40 7 1 5 6 4
1966–67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 4 2 6 8
1966–67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1967–68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 2 14 16 18
1967–68 Fort Worth Wings CHL 13 0 4 4 16 13 3 9 12 12
1968–69 Fort Worth Wings CHL 37 6 14 20 40
1968–69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1969–70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 45 4 9 13 4 7 0 0 0 0
1970–71 Kansas City Blues CHL 58 5 19 24 28
1971–72 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 56 20 38 58 24 6 0 7 7 5
1972–73 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 70 18 27 45 10 6 0 2 2 2
1973–74 Los Angeles Sharks WHA 78 4 26 30 16
1974–75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 27 3 6 9 10
1974–75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 2 15 17 14
1975–76 Fort Worth Texans CHL 62 11 32 43 61
1975–76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 6
1976–77 Forth Worth Texans CHL 23 4 11 15 10
1976–77 Springfield Indians AHL 18 2 3 5 10
1977–78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 60 4 17 21 18
1978–79 Villacher SV AUT
1979–80 Villacher SV AUT 29 10 24 34 26
1983–84 Innsbrucker EV AUT
1984–85 Innsbrucker EV AUT 36 1 18 19 14
WHA totals 148 22 53 75 26
NHL totals 140 7 36 43 50

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