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Roger Crozier, Former NHL Goaltender, Dies At 53

January 11, 1996

NEWARK, Del. (AP) _ Roger Crozier, a former NHL goaltender who was rookie of the year after his debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1964, died of cancer. He was 53.

Crozier, of nearby Landenberg, Pa., died Wednesday night at Christiana Hospital, a spokesman said. A native of Bracebridge, Ontario, Crozier’s last hockey job was as general manager for the Washington Capitals in 1981-82.

Crozier was in the NHL for 14 seasons, playing for Detroit, Buffalo and Washington before becoming general manager for the Capitols. In 1983, he joined MBNA America Bank, a local credit card company, and was executive vice president and director of facility management when he died.

Crozier appeared in 518 regular-season games, compiling a 206-196-70 record. He registered 30 shutouts and a 3.04 goals-against average. And in 31 playoff games, he posted a 14-15 record with a 2.78 average. His last season was 1976-77.

During his rookie year Crozier had a 2.42 goals-against average in 70 games, and was on the All-Star team after that season.

The following year, Crozier led the Red Wings past the Chicago Blackhawks into the Stanley Cup final. He was injured in the fourth game but played in games five and six before Detroit was eliminated by Montreal.

Despite being on the losing team, Crozier was named postseason MVP and received the Conn Smythe Trophy. It was the first time a member of a Stanley Cup-losing team won the award.

He joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1970, where he played for six seasons before joining the Washington Capitols in 1976-77. He was elected to the Buffalo Hockey Hall of Fame.

Crozier is survived by his wife, Janice, and two daughters, Katie, 18, and Brooke, 14. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Wilmington. A viewing has been scheduled for Friday night.

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