Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 09/3/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford is having one great summer.
First, he was in net when the Chicago Blackhawks stormed to their second NHL title in four seasons. Then he welcomed the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Montreal on Monday, and joined the team for the announcement of a six-year contract extension that officially stamps his arrival as one of the league's top goaltenders.
"It's amazing," said Crawford, who recently got engaged and is in the mix to play for Canada in next year's Winter Olympics. "I want to be in Chicago for my whole career and so this is amazing to be able to do this and get this deal done."
Crawford went 16-7 with an NHL-best 1.84 goals-against average while starting every playoff game for Chicago this year. The breakout performance came after he went 19-5 with three shutouts in the regular season, helping the Blackhawks to the best record in the league.
The extension is reportedly worth $36 million and runs through the 2019-20 season. The 28-year-old Crawford was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2003 draft. He made his NHL debut in January 2006, is 83-43 with eight shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 3, 2013 D5
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