Saginaw, MI – On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, announced the signing of Saginaw Spirit defenseman Marcus Crawford to a two-year contract. Crawford has also signed a Amateur Tryout (ATO) and will join the Griffins for the remainder of the AHL season.
"We are thrilled that Marcus Crawford will be joining the Detroit Red Wings organization now that he has graduated on from the OHL,” said Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill.
“Marcus played four years in Saginaw and made an impact on both the team and the community during his years with the Spirit. We wish Marcus and his family the best of luck in his future.”
Crawford, 21, was a third round pick (44th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection Draft out of the South Central Coyotes Minor Midget program. As a 16 year old, Crawford played for the Whitby Fury in the OJHL, before becoming a full-time member of the Spirit roster during the 2014-15 season.
Crawford would go on to have one of the most successful careers of any defenseman to wear the red, white, and blue. The Ajax, Ontario native would amass 126 assists in 252 career games, second all-time among defenseman. His 252 career games in a Spirit uniform ranks him sixth all-time in franchise Games Played.
Crawford also became the first defenseman in franchise history to score five points in two separate games during the 2016-17 season. He picked up his 100th career point on October 7th, 2017 against the Barrie Colts and his 100th career assist on November 22nd, 2017 in a game against the Flint Firebirds.
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