Former Express Paul Crowder is headed for Utah. He was named as part of the Utah Grizzlies Training camp roster of the ECHL. He will be there along side his younger brother Tim.
Last season Crowder played with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL scoring 12 goals and 26 points in 79 games.
Crowder was acquired by the Express in a mid-season trade in their final season in Coquitlam in 04-05 putting up 47 points in 48 games. The following season, he was limited to just 14 games during the regular season due to shoulder surgery. But returned to be a vital cog in the Express 2006 Royal Bank Cup championship run.
From there, he played 3 seasons at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He signed a free agent contract with the New York Rangers in March 2009.
Paul is re-united with his brother Tim for the first time since they were teammates in Surrey in 04-05 and in Powell River in 03-04.
The Crowder brothers got their names engraved on the Fred Page Cup in consecutive years when Tim's Eagles won it in 05 and Paul's Express won it in 06.