Bruce Crowder was drafted 153rd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and went on to complete a stellar four-year career at the University of New Hampshire. He inked a pro contract with the Flyers in 1979 and had two productive years with the Flyers farm club in Maine.
Crowder then signed a free agent contract with the Boston in 1981 and remained with the Bruins through 1984. Bruce played 243 career NHL games, scoring 47 goals and 51 assists for 98 points. His best offensive season came with the Bruins in 1982–83 when he garnered career highs in goals with 21, assists with 19, and points with 40.