On Friday night, the Moncton Wildcats will put their first jersey on top of the Avenir Centre, when goaltender Corey Crawford will be honored.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team will honor the best goaltender in its history by retiring No. 29. The Montrealer played four years in the city of New Brunswick, setting Cerber’s record for most games played (193).
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Crawford had his best campaign in 2003-04, when he broke the franchise record with 35 wins. The Wildcats reached the playoff final that year before being defeated by Gatineau Matériaux.
Crawford’s mark has since been surpassed twice, but his time in Moncton has prepared him well for his jump to the pros. As the second pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003, he had to wait until the 2010-2011 season. to establish himself in the National League, but he helped his team win two Stanley Cups.
Under Bettman, the 38-year-old played only for the Hawks and retired early due to injuries in January 2021. He kept the net in 488 games, posting a 260-162-53 record, a .918 save percentage and a goals-against average from 2.45