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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
“I’d watch these kids, all knock-kneed — they couldn’t get over their skates properly,” says Crowder. “So I’d grind up some plastic, get some Velcro, hook something onto their skates . . . and get these little improvements.”
Over a span of five years, he customized the gear of countless skaters.
“My brain’s always trying to figure out puzzles . . . it was kind of a game in my head, you know?” Crowder says. “People who know me — people back home — they always knew I was that kind of guy. Thinking outside the box. Looking at things differently.
“The average Joe would just think that I was a tough-guy goon, dragging my knuckles on the ground, right?”
Crowder, though, discovered a niche.
Not all players are created equally — “Someone’s got a thick shin, someone’s got a skinny ankle, someone’s got big bones, someone’s got big heels” — but a boot’s eyelets? Always in the same place.
Crowder’s solution was a skate attachment that permits a customized bend point. Patented as 55 Flex, skate companies and NHL teams quietly took note.
Last winter, he alleviated the lace-bite issues of a certain chap. Aaron Ekblad.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Former NHL tough guy Troy Crowder sat in the Canadian Forces mess hall and listened…
Part of a group of celebrities visiting the dusty, dangerous base, Crowder had spent the past hours entertaining his hosts with tales of his battles against other NHL enforcers, fighters like Bob Probert.
“It was 3 a.m. and the cook was getting breakfast ready for the next morning and these guys just opened up about the first time they were shot at,” Crowder said.
“They were under fire on a roof and were supposed to call in their coordinates for help. But they talked about how they could only scream into the radio like schoolgirls saying they were being shot at. They were terrified.”
That visit was among four trips Crowder made to Afghanistan. His time with the troops left an impression on him and now, Crowder has found a novel way to help raise money for soldiers who are struggling to reintegrate into society after their return to Canada.