The Hockey Gaels of Queen’s University have created a lasting memory for one of their biggest supporters.
Stu Crawford celebrated his 100th birthday on March 2nd.
The Gaels, who play at Kingston Memorial Center, have named their dressing room the Stu Crawford Team Room.
“He’s a role model for every player in this room,” said Brett Gibson, Queen’s head coach.
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After serving his country in World War II, Crawford returned to Kingston and played varsity hockey with Queen’s.
For eight decades he has been associated with the team’s program as a player, fan and proud alumni.
“He’s such a humble man,” Gibson said. “He’s unaware of the impact he’s having on my players and the program. To be able to name this dressing room after him is a true honor for me.”
Crawford, who skated weekly until he was 96, was touched by the team’s gesture.
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“It makes you happy,” Crawford said. “I really can’t believe this.”
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Crawford played at center for the Gael’s from 1946 and still takes part in a few home games.
“I don’t think I was that good. Today’s players are so much better,” said the well-known centenarian.
“I admire so much how players can skate today. You learned how to skate properly. I’m amazed at their ability to skate at such a high level. I’ve always been a big fan of floorball.”
Crawford was fond of talking about hockey and his military service with the Gaels after recent team training. Queen captain Patrick Sanvido said Crawford embodies what it means to be a Gael.
“He’s such an incredible Canadian,” said Sanvido. “He talked about how lucky we are to play at Queen’s and he’s absolutely right. We have to remember how lucky we are to have this jersey draped over our shoulders. This is my fifth and final year at Queen’s and I will always remember Stu Crawford.”
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