Tim Cranston (born 13 December 1962) is a retired professional ice hockey player who holds dual Canadian and British nationality. He played in Europe between 1985 and 1999 except for one game in the 1986–87 season played in the American Hockey League. He was also a member of the Great Britain national ice hockey team between 1993 and 1997. Whilst living in the United Kingdom, Cranston was the founding chairman of the British Ice Hockey Player's Association (GB). Currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cranston is working as a sports agent and lawyer for the sports and entertainment industries. He was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.
13 December 1962|
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
Nova Scotia Oilers
|National team||Great Britain|
After playing junior ice hockey, Cranston moved to Europe to play for GIJS Groningen in the 1984–85 season of the Dutch Eredivisie. He then split the 1985–86 season between VEU Feldkirch in the Austrian Hockey League and Genève-Servette HC in the Swiss Nationalliga B. During the 1986–87 season, he again played in the Nationalliga B, but this time with EHC Basel, as well as playing for EV Füssen in the German 1.Liga Süd before he finished the season playing one game for Nova Scotia Oilers in the American Hockey League.
Cranston returned to Europe and the Swiss Nationalliga B for the 1987–88 season to play for SC Herisau. He again split the 1988–89 season when he played for EV Duisburg in the German 1.Liga Nord and the Fife Flyers in the Premier Division of the British Hockey League (BHL). Remaining in the United Kingdom, Cranston then joined the Cleveland Bombers in Division 1 of the BHL for the 1989–90 season. A successful season saw Cranston named to the All Star team and promotion for Cleveland to the Premier Division. Cranston again played for Cleveland during the 1990–91 season before he moved to the Durham Wasps for the 1991–92 and 1992–93 seasons. During the 1991–92 season with Durham, he helped them to win the league championship and the playoffs.
Joining the Sheffield Steelers for the 1993–94 season, Cranston remained in Sheffield for the next five seasons. A successful period for both Cranston and Sheffield, he helped them to win the league championship and the playoffs in the 1994–95 season, a Grand Slam of the Benson & Hedges Cup, the league championship and the playoffs in the 1995–96 season, and the playoffs in the inaugural season of the Ice Hockey Superleague, 1996–97.
Off ice careerEdit
With ice hockey in the United Kingdom becoming more popular in the late 1980s and the influx of player's, Cranston, with Joanne Collins, formed the Ice Hockey Player's Association (GB) in 1994. He was the founding chairman and has remained the Association's legal adviser.
During his time at Sheffield, Cranston married his English girlfriend, Anna, and he attended the University of Sheffield and obtained a law degree. He also opened a sports bar, The Player's Cafe, with Sheffield rock band, Def Leppard, members Joe Elliott and Rick Savage.
Returning to North America in 1999 when he retired from playing, Cranston became a sports agent and formed his own company, Cranston Sports Management, with whom he has represented or trained such players as Sidney Crosby and Marek Svatos. He has also continued to work as a lawyer in the sports and entertainment industries.
Honours and awardsEdit
- Most assists (67) and points (113) for Sherbrooke Beavers in 1980–81.
- Most points (133) in the Dutch Eredivisie in 1984–85.
- Most penalty minutes (78) for the Cleveland Bombers in 1989–90.
- Most goals (71), assists (47) and points (118) for the Cleveland Bombers in 1990–91.
- Most goals (69) and points (132) for the Sheffield Steelers in 1993–94.
- Most penalty minutes (126) for Sheffield Steelers in 1994–95.
|1985–86||Genève-Servette HC||Nationalliga B|
|1986–87||EHC Basel||Nationalliga B|
|1986–87||EV Füssen||1.Liga Süd||15||12||22||34||16||11||4||7||11||22|
|1986–87||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||1||0||0||0||2||–||–||–||–||—|
|1987–88||SC Herisau||Nationalliga B|
|1988–89||EV Duisburg||1.Liga Nord|
|1988–89||Fife Flyers||BHL Premier||7||19||16||35||14|
|1989–90||Cleveland Bombers||BHL Div 1||32||91||72||163||78|
|1990–91||Cleveland Bombers||BHL Premier||36||71||47||118||102|
|1991–92||Durham Wasps||BHL Premier||31||41||25||66||122||8||9||5||14||30|
|1992–93||Durham Wasps||BHL Premier||7||6||4||10||12|
|1993–94||Sheffield Steelers||BHL Premier||44||52||49||101||86||8||12||5||17||22|
|1994–95||Sheffield Steelers||BHL Premier||42||41||44||85||126||8||8||5||13||14|
|1995–96||Sheffield Steelers||BHL Premier||36||33||22||55||115||8||6||3||9||12|
Played for the Great Britain national ice hockey team in:
- 1993 Pool B World Championships
- 1993 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- 1994 World Championships
- 1995 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- 1996 Pool B World Championships
- 1996 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- 1997 Pool B World Championships
- "Joanne Collins Biography". British Ice Hockey Fans Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
- "Tim Cranston". SMWW Sports Agency. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Tom a Cool choice for Steelers, says old boy". The Sheffield Star. 4 August 2004. Archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- David Lichtneker (October 1994). "Tim Cranston Tells All". Sheffield Steelers! Monthly. Retrieved 3 January 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "The Def Leppard Reach". Paper Sun. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "All Star Team season 89–90". Ice Hockey Journalists UK. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Ice hockey". The Sunday Mirror. 1 November 1998.
- "Retired Shirts". sheffieldsteelers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Players Hall of Fame". Sheffield Steelers Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Four New Names into Hall of Fame". Ice Hockey Journalists UK. 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "1980–81 Sherbrooke Beavers [QMJHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "Tim Cranston – player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "1989–90 Cleveland Bombers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "1990–91 Cleveland Bombers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "1993–94 Sheffield Steelers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
- "1994–95 Sheffield Steelers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.