Terry Crisp

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Terry Crisp
Born(1943-05-28) May 28, 1943 (age 71)
Parry Sound, ON, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Played forBoston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career1963–1977
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Terry Crisp
Born(1943-05-28) May 28, 1943 (age 71)
Parry Sound, ON, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Played forBoston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
New York Islanders
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career1963–1977

Terrance Arthur Crisp (born May 28, 1943) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers and who coached for 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He currently is a radio and TV broadcaster for the Nashville Predators.

Crisp was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, and later coached the Calgary Flames to the title in 1989.

Playing career[edit]

Crisp got his start playing Jr. 'B' hockey with the St. Marys Lincolns of the Western Jr. 'B' Hockey League. In 1961 he edged out Phil Esposito of the Sarnia Legionnaires for the league scoring title.

Crisp began his pro career in the Boston Bruins organization, playing one season for them before being chosen by the St. Louis Blues in the 1967 Expansion Draft. With the Blues, he went to the Finals three straight seasons. In 1972, he was again chosen in the Expansion Draft, this time by the New York Islanders. Late in the 1972–73 season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jean Potvin. It is believed the trade was made because the Islanders, who would have the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, intended to draft Denis Potvin, and believed having his older brother on the team would entice him to sign with the Isles instead of going to the rival World Hockey Association.

Crisp played on the notorious Philadelphia Flyers teams of the 1970s when they were also known as the Broad Street Bullies. He won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Flyers in 1973–74 and 1974–75.

Coaching career[edit]

Crisp retired two games into the 1976-77 season at the age of 33 to become the Flyers assistant coach under Fred Shero. In the 1980s, he coached in the junior ranks and led the 1985 Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds to an undefeated season at home, going 33-0. With the like of scoring stars Wayne Groulx and Graeme Bonar, and the toughness supplied by Bob Probert and Jeff Beukeboom, the club finished first in the Ontario Hockey League with 54 wins, eleven losses, and one tie. Crisp once called Groulx, who wore number nine, the second best player ever to play for the Sault, behind only Wayne Gretzky, number 99. The club set a Canadian junior record by winning 33 games in a row at home. The Sault also took the OHL playoff championship, losing just two games in total, ironically, both at home. The Greyhounds represented the OHL at the Memorial Cup, where they came up short, losing to eventual champion Prince Albert of the WHL.

Thanks to his tremendous coaching success in junior, Crisp was named head coach of the Calgary Flames in 1987-88, following two years as the head coach of the team's AHL affiliate in Moncton. Despite a strong record and a Stanley Cup championship in 1989 over the Montreal Canadiens, Crisp and some of the team's players always seemed to be at odds with one another, and he was let go. Crisp then coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from their inception in 1992 until 1997.


Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
1960–61St. Mary's LincolnsOHA-B324971120
1961–62Niagara Falls FlyersOHA5016223857101676
1962–63Niagara Falls FlyersOHA503935746895121710
1962–63Niagara Falls FlyersM-Cup1611122322
1963–64Minneapolis BruinsCPHL4215203522
1964–65Minneapolis BruinsCPHL702834622250220
1965–66Boston BruinsNHL30000
1965–66Oklahoma City BlazersCPHL611122333591560
1966–67Oklahoma City BlazersCPHL69314273371137100
1967–68St. Louis BluesNHL739202910181566
1968–69St. Louis BluesNHL576915141234720
1968–69Kansas City BluesCHL41124
1969–70St. Louis BluesNHL2656112162352
1969–70Buffalo BisonsAHL5115344914
1970–71St. Louis BluesNHL54511161361012
1971–72St. Louis BluesNHL7513183112111342
1972–73New York IslandersNHL54416206
1972–73Philadelphia FlyersNHL121562113252
1973–74Philadelphia FlyersNHL7110213128172244
1974–75Philadelphia FlyersNHL71819272092460
1975–76Philadelphia FlyersNHL38691528100552
1976–77Philadelphia FlyersNHL20000
NHL totals5366713420113511015284340

Coaching record[edit]

NHL head coaching[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueTypeGWLTOTLPctPlayoff Result
1987–88Calgary FlamesNHLHead coach80482390.656Lost in Second Round
1988–89Calgary FlamesNHLHead coach80541790.731Won Stanley Cup
1989–90Calgary FlamesNHLHead coach804223150.619Lost in First Round
1992–93Tampa Bay LightningNHLHead coach84235470.315Missed playoffs
1993–94Tampa Bay LightningNHLHead coach843043110.423Missed playofffs
1994–95Tampa Bay LightningNHLHead coach48172830.385Missed playoffs
1995–96Tampa Bay LightningNHLHead coach823832120.537Lost in First Round
1996–97Tampa Bay LightningNHLHead coach823240100.451Missed playoffs
1997–98Tampa Bay LightningNHLHead coach1112720.273(Fired)
NHL head coach totals631286267690.508

Minor leagues & assistant coach positions[edit]

1977–78Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant coach
1978–79Philadelphia FlyersNHLAssistant coach
1979–80Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOMJHLHead coach68224510.331
1980–81Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLHead coach68471920.706
1981–82Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLHead coach68402530.610
1982–83Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLHead coach70482110.693
1983–84Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLHead coach70382840.571
1984–85Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLHead coach66541110.826
1985–86Moncton Golden FlamesAHLHead coach803434120.500
1986–87Moncton Golden FlamesAHLHead coach80433106.575

1 Midseason replacement

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