M Club Hall of Fame preview: Mike Crowley

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher hockey star Mike Crowley.

Mike Crowley patrolled the Minnesota blue line from 1994-1997 and was a two-time Hobey Baker Award winner for the Gophers. He was the fourth two-time All-American in school history and was the 1997 WCHA Player of the Year.

The Bloomington, Minnesota native was named first-team all WCHA in 1996 and 1997 and led the team in scoring in 1997 with fifty-six points in forty-two games He joins Lou Nanne as the only other Gopher defenseman to lead the team in scoring in school history. Crowley holds the two highest scoring seasons by a defenseman in school history with 63 points in 1996 and 56 points in 1997. His 47 assists in 1997 and 46 assists in 1996 also ranked first and second in school history by a defenseman in a single season.  The seventeen goals he scored in 1996 ranked third all-time for Gopher defensemen in a single year.

A sixth-round selection by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1993 entry draft, Crowley helped lead the Gophers to the 1995 NCAA Frozen Four as well as the 1996 WCHA playoffs title and the 1997 WCHA regular season crown.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

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