In Hockey as with a lot of things in life the guys doing the dirty work in the trenches are not the ones who receive the glory. They are vital to the success of the team, but rarely capture the headlines. One such player with the Lone Star Brahmas is forward Michael Crowley.
The native of Buffalo, NY came to the Brahmas early last season in a trade with the Soo Eagles. In 54 games with the Brahmas, Crowley put up 14 points on 2G – 12A. Having grown up playing in the Buffalo area youth hockey programs, Crowley had to look no further than the Buffalo Sabers for role models to fashion his game after. “A player that reminds me of my play would probably be Michael Peca.” Peca spent five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, captaining them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1999 and eventually joined the Jr. Sabres organization, which Crowley was a member of, following his retirement from the NHL. At 5’ 11” and 190 pounds Crowley like Peca is not the biggest guy on the ice by any means, but he is a tenacious, gritty two way forward who plays a lot on special teams and has a team first attitude. “I help out the team in any way they need me.”
Reports from the Brahmas’ recently completed Main Camp in Detroit were that Crowley had a very good camp and was in the middle of everything. “I would agree I had a good main camp,” he said. “I had the puck a lot and I was able to make a lot of good decisions in the offensive zone for myself and others.” In the offseason Crowley put a lot of effort into preparing for the coming season and stepping up his game. “My main focus was too get bigger and stronger in the weight room but I also worked on my offensive game on the ice.” Following the camp Head Coach Dan Wildfong was very optimistic labeling Lone Star as a contender for the upcoming season. Crowley is solidly on board with Wildfong’s enthusiasm. “I think the level of the league (NAHL) is just getting better and better” was Crowley’s assessment. “I would agree with coach Wildfong because there were a lot of good hockey players out their, he must have had a lot of tough decisions to make.”
In his final season of Junior Hockey, Crowley has two simple goals. “One goal I hope to accomplish is to always improve my game but winning the Robertson cup would be the biggest.” When asked what fans can expect from him this season, Michael answered in true blue-collar player fashion. “Fans should expect me too give it my all and lay it out on the line for my teammates.” He also has a clear view of where he wants to go in the future. “My long term goal is obviously to play hockey as long as I can,” said Crowley. “After that I’m very interested in nutrition.” Here is to hoping that Crowley can reach his short term goal of hoisting a Robertson Cup this season with the Brahmas and landing an NCAA deal that will allow him to pursue his long term goals of continuing his hockey career and an education in the field of nutrition.
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