Born on a Thursday of this date in 1916, defenceman Johnny (a.k.a Jack) Crawford played 13 seasons of hatted hockey for the Boston Bruins, contributing to two of their Stanley Cup championships, in 1939 and ’41. Dublin, Ontario, is where he’s from, in southwest of the province, on the road to Lake Huron, Howie Morenz country. Crawford died in 1973 at the age of 56.
He served as the Bruins’ team captain, though just a for a single campaign, 1945-46, and not, as the Bruins themselves still seem to think, for four seasons. I’ve been on a bit of a crusade about this and other errors in the team’s accounting of its own captains, as you may know, having read about it (maybe) here and/or here. (Or not.)
The latest on that is that … nothing’s changed. With the 2021-22 NHL season well underway, the Bruins still hasn’t published its new media guide, which is where these things are “officially” recorded. Once they do (if they do), we’ll see whether they’ve come around to the facts of the matter. Meantime, the list of the team’s actual early-era captains is over here.
(Image: Tex Coulter, Boston Garden Sport News, December 17, 1961)