Legends of the Game

The seventy-first installment of “Legends of the Game” is from the “Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993, put together by the Committee of OLA Jr. “A” governors.

Ken Crawford “Red”

November 14, 1933 – July 22, 2008.

Ken Crawford’s playing career spanned four decades. He began his playing career in Scarborough and ended it there. In between “Red” played in a variety of places, Port Credit, Brooklin, Windsor, St.Catharines, Toronto and Montreal.

There are few athletes who have been privileged to play on the same team as their son. Red (á là Gordie Howe) played with his son Wayne in both Brooklin and Scarborough.

Never a prolific scorer, Red was one of the best draw men to ever don the pads. He gave 110% in every game he played and was an inspiration to his teammates. Red was well known for his humour and kept many teams “loose” with his camaraderie and jokes.

After his playing days ended, he coached and served on the executive of Scarborough Minor Lacrosse.

As well as playing on Mann Cup teams in 1960 (Pt. Credit) and 1966 (Peterborough) his Scarborough Saints won the Ontario Junior “C” Championship in 1970 and the Canadian Junior “B” Championship in 1977.

Red was elected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.