Forward Callum Crawford will enter his seventh NLL season in January, his third with the Swarm. Crawford was acquired by Minnesota before the start of the 2010 season, during which he tallied a team-high 96 points (32g, 64a) and ranked third in the league in overall scoring.
In his second season with the Swarm, Crawford posted 70 points (27g, 43a) and ranked second on the team for points. He also made his first appearance for the West Division All-Star team after being named as a reserve.
Jessica Baltes from the Minnesota Swarm recently caught up with F Callum Crawford.
Baltes: When did you start playing lacrosse and how did you get into it?
Crawford: I started playing when I was about 11 years old. Other kids in my neighborhood were playing, and I wanted to fit in so I started trying to play too.
Baltes: During this past season, you were selected to the West Division All-Star team for the first time in your career. What was that experience like?
Crawford: It was amazing just to get alongside some guys that I have never really met, but looked up to since I came into the league, as well as guys who have been very accomplished during my career. Being able to play side by side with them was pretty neat, and just the recognition that you get for a lot of hard work was great. Being there with three other Swarm guys was just amazing.
Baltes: The Swarm is the fifth team you have played for in the NLL. Your stats really started to take off once you came to Minnesota. What is it about this team that helped bring your game to the next level?
Crawford: It was the players that we had. We all kind of just matched our styles of lacrosse and it worked perfectly. I think that the Swarm was in need of a ball-in-hand player on the right side to compliment Wilson and Pollock, because those are both great players. We were able to push together really quickly, and I got the stats to go with it. It was just kind of how good those two were that kind of made it all happen.
Baltes: What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Crawford: Definitely playing for the West Division in the All-Star game. It was really fun and something that I hadn’t experienced before. I think being able to be there with Andrew [Watt], Ryan [Benesch] and Nick [Patterson] was really something special that I will always remember.
Baltes: This summer you are playing in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League (QSLL) for the Mohawks. The team is in first place and you’ve tallied 67 points in 11 games. It seems like it’s going pretty good for you. Are you enjoying playing for the QSLL?
Crawford: Yes, it’s actually my third time playing there. I played there two and three years ago, because it is the closest thing to where I’m from in Ontario. I am from the east end of Ontario bordering Quebec, which is pretty far away from where there is any lacrosse. It’s fun. It’s a different kind of lacrosse. It’s playing with a lot of players from around the league, which is fun as well.
Baltes: In the past you played for the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) during the summer. How does playing in the QSLL compare to playing in the WLA and NLL?
Crawford: The Western Lacrosse league is Senior A versus where I’m playing now is Senior B caliber. So it’s not anywhere near as good or as fast and it doesn’t have as many quality players, but it’s still very, very good. It’s great to keep the skills sharpened. It’s competitive once we get to the national championship. We’ve been trying to win one of these now for a couple of years. It’s called the Presidents’ Cup. It’s something that the people in the league I’m playing in have strived to win for many years. I hope to be able to help them out with that goal, because they have been trying for so many years and have invested so much time and effort into winning the championship. This is a good year for us to do it, and I’m really happy to be a part of hopefully bringing that to Kahnawake and helping them win a championship.
Baltes: Do you live up in Quebec for the summer while playing for the Mohawks?
Crawford: No, I’m at home in Ottawa. But like I said, it borders Quebec, so it’s only about an hour and a half drive from home for me.
Baltes: Aside from lacrosse, what else have you been up to this summer?
Crawford: Golfing. A lot of golf!
Baltes: The QSLL season runs through late August/early September. What do you typically do during your time off until the Swarm season starts back up again in January?
Crawford: Pretty much the same that I’m doing now. I just started getting prepared doing my off-season training regime. I just started last week, so it carries all the way to training camp. It keeps me pretty busy.
Baltes: Do you keep in touch with many of your Swarm teammates during the off-season?
Crawford: Yeah, we all get a chance to talk and follow-up with each other, especially the guys who I roomed with this past season in Minnesota. We keep checking to see how each other are doing in the summer, as well as making sure everyone is alright. It’s good to catch up with everyone.
Baltes: The 2011 NLL Entry Draft is coming up in September. Which positions or areas do you feel the Swarm needs to address in the upcoming draft?
Crawford: That’s difficult to tell. I think it’s something that John and the coaches have put a lot of thought into. My opinion is just that pretty much anywhere that they think can help us. I think that we have a pretty good solid core, so whatever we can add to help us. I don’t have anybody or any position in specific, so it will be interesting to see where they go with it. We have a great core group, and I know they are just looking to add to what we have, which is great.
Favorite TV Show: Sons of Anarchy
Favorite Movie: White Men Can’t Jump
Favorite City to Visit: Las Vegas
Favorite Color: Blue and Yellow!
Favorite Candy: Bubble tape
Favorite Music Genre: Hip-hop