THE BIG CAT RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA WHERE HE STARTED HIS NLL CAREER
PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 5, 2019 – The Philadelphia Wings have acquired forward Kevin Crowley from the New England Black Wolves, according to General Manager and Head Coach Paul Day.
Crowley, 30 (11/13/1988), has posted career highs in various categories in each of his last three seasons with the Black Wolves. He had 57 assists and 90 points in 2016, and followed that up with a 45-goal season in 2017. Last year, Crowley’s 51 goals set a new career high and led the NLL. He scored in 17 of the 18 games he played last year, including five-goal games at Buffalo on March 31 and Colorado on April 14. He also had two consecutive four-goal games in February, vs. Buffalo on the 9th and Colorado on the 18th.
The trade marks a return for Crowley to Philadelphia, where he started his NLL career as a first round draft pick of the original Wings in 2012. He has 257 goals and 276 assists for 533 points in 118 career games with the Wings, Black Wolves and Toronto Rock. The 257 goals rank 19th in NLL history.
“We are fortunate to pick up one of the best forwards in the NLL in the prime of his career,” said General Manager and Head Coach Paul Day. “Crowley, currently living in Philadelphia, will be a number one forward for years to come. His relationship with the Philadelphia community on and off the field will be impactful for our organization.”
During his first stint in Philadelphia, Crowley posted three consecutive seasons of 30-plus goals and 70-plus points. He co-led the team in goals in 2012 and led the team in both goals and points in 2013.
He moved to New England with the franchise in 2015 but was later traded to Toronto, where he helped the Rock reach the NLL finals that year.
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Crowley was drafted first overall by the original Wings in 2011.
The Wings return home next Saturday to the Wells Fargo Center to host the Georgia Swarm. In partnership with the U.S. Lacrosse Convention, lacrosse enthusiasts can purchase a general admission ticket to LaxCon’s Fan Fest and a reserved seat to the Wings-Swarm game on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. for just $23. These combo tickets are on sale now at WingsLAX.com. The Wings and US Lacrosse invite fans to participate in an equipment drive at the game. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used equipment to the game and drop in the bins at the door. All equipment collected will be donated to the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA), the local U.S. Lacrosse Chapter. The PLA distributes equipment to local youth in an effort to grow the sport.