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Spirit’s Crawford signs two-year AHL contract with Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed defenseman Marcus Crawford to a two-year contract. Crawford also signed an amateur tryout and will join the Griffins for the remainder of this season.

Crawford, 21, appeared in 68 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit this season and posted career highs in points (53), goals (13), assists (40) and penalty minutes (53). He placed second on the club in scoring while pacing the team in assists, shots (228) and power play goals (7). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound blueliner ranked among the league’s top defensemen in points (6th), goals (T7th), assists (7th), shots (3rd), power play goals (T4th) and game-winning goals (5, 2nd). He added 10 PIM in four postseason appearances.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Crawford ranked fifth on the Spirit and second among team defensemen in scoring with 39 points (6-33—39).

A native of Ajax, Ont., Crawford has spent the last four seasons (2014-18) in Saginaw, totaling 149 points (23-126—149) and 174 PIM in 252 outings. He was teammates with current Griffins blueliner Filip Hronek in 2016-17.

For more information visit griffinshockey.com.

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