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NHL Alumni Spotlight - Craig Norwich

Thursday, 12.22.2005 / 1:26 PM / News
NHL Alumni Spotlight
Craig Norwich

In partnership with the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association, presented by Comcast, presented by Comcast, presented by Comcast, presented by Comcast, will feature an Alumni

 Craig Norwich moved back to Minnesota to coach at St. Paul Academy.
each week.

It’s a great way for us to catch up with a number of former players who made their mark in Minnesota, in one way or another. This week, we hear from former Craig Norwich, who starred for Willard Ikola at Edina High School before his professional career.

To learn more about the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association, click here.

Birthplace: New York City, New York

NHL Teams you played for:

Winnipeg Jets (1979-1980)
St. Louis Blues (1980-1981)
Colorado Rockies (1981-1982)
New York Rangers (1981-1982)
Detroit Red Wings (1984)

Where do you live now?

Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

What are you doing now?

I’m the Director of Hockey at St. Paul Academy/Summit School, as well as the Director of Hockey for the Minnesota Rockets AAA team.

Family life:

My son, Dak, is 16 years old and plays football and lacrosse at Eden Prairie high school. My daughter, Caz-Marie, is 15 years old and plays soccer, hockey and softball at EPHS.

 "Red" Berenson, now coach of the Michigan Wolverines, was Norwich’s favorite coach.
Do any of your immediate family members play hockey?

My daughter, Caz-Marie.

What playoff teams did you play for?

None in the NHL. I was with the Cincinnati Stingers that made the WHA playoffs in 1977-78 and 1978-79. 

Did you ever win the Stanley Cup?


What was your most memorable hockey moment?

When I was with the Winnipeg Jets in 1980, I scored two goals and two assists against Edmonton, and I earned the Molson First Star Award.

What was the best team you ever played on?

The 1980-1981 St. Louis Blues.

Who was your best teammate?

Bobby Hull. He was great to me!

Who was your best coach?

Red Berenson, who coached the Blues. He prepared our team well for every game.

 Bobby Hull was the greatest teammate Craig Norwich ever had.
Who is your favorite player in the game today?

Peter Forsberg. He is the complete player.

Try to recall the funniest prank you ever saw, or were a part of:

Pat Stapleton tricked Paul Stewart (now a referee) into thinking the New York Times wanted to do a storing on him. This prank lasted the entire 10-day trip on the road trip.

"Stewie" kept showing up for the interview, but there was always an excuse, and the writer would tell him he’d meet him in the next city.

Alumni Archives

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Paul Harrison, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Richard Zemlak, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Neil Sheehy, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring Lance Pitlick, click here.

To read the NHL Alumni Spotlight featuring JP Parise, click here.



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