Forward Callum Crawford enters his seventh year in the NLL and third season with the Minnesota Swarm in 2012. The Ottawa, Ontario native was acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Rush prior to the start of the 2010 season.
In his first season with the Swarm in 2010, Crawford tallied a team-high 96 points (32g, 64a) in 16 games. He ranked third overall in the league for points and second in assists, in addition to setting the Swarm’s single season point (96) and assist (64) records. In 16 appearances during the 2011 season, Crawford notched an additional 70 points (27g, 43a) for the Swarm.
This season, Crawford has posted 33 points (8g, 25a), which ranks third in the league for assists and tied for third for points.
Jessica Baltes from the Minnesota Swarm recently caught up with F Callum Crawford after the doubleheader weekend.
Baltes: This season, you are living in Ottawa, working as a personal trainer and running a lacrosse academy. How’s that all going for you?
Crawford: It’s going really well. I’ve got a good group of kids who are a pleasure to work with and it’s taking off because nobody really concentrated on lacrosse development in Ottawa. I’m trying to change that. Hopefully it just keeps going.
Baltes: How did you get your “Showtime” nickname?
Crawford: A company that sponsors me released a shop with my name on it and the shop was called “Showtime.” The guys kind of just start calling me that and it stuck.
Baltes: The last time I talked to you, you mentioned that one of your career highlights was playing in the All-Star Game. Congratulations on being selected to the team for the second year in a row! What does it mean to you to be selected again and to get to go along with Suitor, Benesch and MacIntosh?
Crawford: Thanks. It means a lot. It’s a great feeling to be able to go with a bunch of guys from our team. It’s a fun time. It’s a little different than going into a regular season game. It’s more about fun, but still trying to win. Hopefully the West can get a win this year. It’s a great feeling being recognized and selected for accomplishments during the season. It kind of says just how good our team is for having four guys going and there are some great guys from our team who aren’t going as well.
Baltes: On Friday night, the Swarm played in the second longest game in league history. What was that like for you guys?
Crawford: Tiring. It felt like it was never going to end. But it was great. We kept pushing, and we got the outcome that we really wanted. I think that Ryan Benesch has been really successful for us in overtime games in the last three seasons. I had a good feeling going into it knowing that he was on our team.
Baltes: Both of the rookie goalies have been looking great. What are your thoughts on their performances?
Crawford: They have been unreal. They have been the backbone of our success. Without good goaltending, I don’t know if we’d be as successful as we have been so far. They are a big piece in what we are doing with our youth movement and trying to get better. They are both really, really good goalies and they have nowhere to go but up. They are just going to get better every year, which is amazing for us. To see them doing so well is a huge success for what management has done with putting together a young team. It’s going to continue to help us grow as a team.
Baltes: The Swarm played fantastic in the doubleheader this past weekend. It seems like the combination of vets and rookies is really meshing well. What’s your perspective on how the team is coming together?
Crawford: We have a great group of guys, both rookies and veterans. We are getting really close and having a good chance to bond throughout the weekends when we are there. The management put together a great team, and we’re going to get better every time we get together. Practices and games let us get closer and get a better feel for each other every time we get out there.
Baltes: What's different about this year’s team compared to previous seasons?
Crawford: We’re younger and a lot faster. I think that’s a big part of it, just how young and athletic our team is.
Baltes: You are currently third in the league for assists with 25. Why do you think that you play a part in so many goals?
Crawford: Right time, right place maybe. I don’t know. On the right side, they kind of look for me to be the veteran out there. Maybe that’s got something to do with it. I think it could just be how it works out. I don’t know if there is anything in specific. I think it’s just kind of so many guys who can put the ball in the net. If I’m not shooting it, somebody else is and it’s been successful. If I happen to be the one to pass it, then it’s been great to have my name associated with the goals.
Baltes: You guys will be taking on the undefeated Colorado Mammoth for the second time this season on Saturday. Through the third quarter in the season opener, it was a close game and you guys were on pace with them. What’s it going to take to come away with your fourth consecutive home victory?
Crawford: We can’t just play three quarters. We have to play a whole game. Staying out of the penalty box is huge. I think that we are a better team now than we were in the first game of the season for sure. We have been able to get to know each other and grow together. I’m looking forward to this game. It will be a true testament of how far we’ve come along since then. They are a great team. They are 5-0 for a reason, but I honestly do think that we match up really well against them. I think that we can beat them for sure. This will be kind of the test in action, which I’m really looking forward to and I know everyone in the locker room is as well.
Baltes: This Saturday is also a doubleheader with the Minnesota RollerGirls. Was it fun getting to be one of the judges for the bout last year?
Crawford: Yeah. I had never seen it before, so for myself and the guys I did it with it was fun to be involved with. It was definitely different, unique and something fun for the fans to be involved with.
Stay tuned for the airing of Callum's video blog, "Showtime with Callum Crawford" which will come to mnswarm.com in the coming weeks.