Fort St. John minor hockey product signs with Utah Grizzlies of ECHL

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John minor hockey product Austin Crossley signed a contract to suit up with the…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John minor hockey product Austin Crossley signed a contract to suit up with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL this season.

The 1999-born defenseman made his professional debut playing two games for Olofströms IK last year, a team in the Swedish professional league’s second division.

The year before, he split his time between the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he was head and shoulders above the rest of his team in penalty minutes with 155 in 39 games.

Crossley began his WHL career with the Prince Albert Raiders, playing 49 games from 2016-17 to 2017-18. He also played for the Fort St. John Huskies in the 2014-15 season.

According to his profile on the Quantum Hockey Agency website, Crossley is a tough and physical defenseman, and he’s the type of player every team needs to be able to win championships.

“Although Austin plays with a defensive mind and with good positioning, he uses his mobility and quick skating to join rushes when needed,” reads the profile.

Crossley and the Utah Grizzlies will open their regular season on the road against the Idaho Steelheads on October 22nd.

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