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Crooks Adds Scoring Punch

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Crooks Adds Scoring Punch

Published at 3:55pm 30th July 2018.

The Guildford Flames ice hockey club have added some offensive punch with Canadian winger Jamie Crooks. The 26 year old drops into Surrey straight from the classroom after 5 full seasons at University of Alberta Golden Bears.  The 5’10”, 180lb forward closed out his college career last term with 16 goals and 25 points in 28 starts, plus 3 goals and 4 helpers in 7 playoff appearances on the way to the team’s 3rd University Cup championship in 5 seasons. In 150 games over that stretch, including playoffs, the native of Vermilion, Alberta posted 75 goals and 129 points. In addition to significant team success, Crooks collected individual honours when he received a Canada West conference All-Rookie Team nod in 2013-2014 before adding on a 2016-2017 conference 2nd All-Star team selection. 

“I'm very happy to join the Flames,” said Crooks. “I've heard nothing but good things about the organization from former teammates Jesse, Kruise, and Brett.  I’m excited to reunite with them and meet the new guys.  I can’t wait to get started.” 

Prior to his Green and Gold career, Crooks iced 4 full seasons of Major Junior in the Western Hockey League with Chilliwack Bruins and Victoria Royals.  His best season came in 2011-2012 when he was nearly a point a game pace with 37 goals and 67 points in 72 games.  His Jr. career spanned 293 games and closed with 111 goals and just shy of 200 points. 

“As one might infer from his track record, Jamie is a guy who can really finish around the net,” confirmed Paul Dixon.

“He is very smart with the puck and has a knack for getting in the clear to open up good scoring opportunities for himself.”

“He comes from a programme with high expectations from year to year, and a team that is used to playing an up tempo game.  Between that, his ability as a skilled shooter, and his familiarity with some of the guys we already have, he is a great addition to the group.”