UNCASVILLE, Conn. (February 28, 2018) – The New England Black Wolves have acquired veteran forward Callum Crawford and a second round pick in the 2019 NLL Entry Draft from the Buffalo Bandits in exchange for Shawn Evans and a fourth-round pick in 2019.
A 6-foot-3 forward, Crawford has 40 points on 18 goals and 22 assists in nine games for the Bandits this season. The two-time NLL All-Pro has 829 points (294 goals, 535 assists) in 180 games. His 535 assists ranks 10th all-time in NLL history.
“We are very excited to get a player like Callum Crawford,” Black Wolves General Manager Rich Lisk said. “He is someone we have had our eye on for quite some time. He is an elite player in the NLL. We look at his athletic ability, combined with his offensive presence and the fact that he is also a tremendous two-way player, and that fits right into the scheme of how we want our team to play.”
Crawford, who was traded to Buffalo in August after spending the previous two seasons with the Colorado Mammoth, had a career-best 36 goals during the 2017 season. In 2016, he had 83 assists and a career-high 115 points. That assist total tied the NLL single-season record, also held by Evans and Josh Sanderson.
Evans had 51 points on 18 goals and 33 assists in nine games for the Black Wolves this season. The only player in NLL history to record 100 points in five consecutive seasons, Evans ranks eighth in career NLL points with 1,061 and seventh in assists with 675.
“The Black Wolves will always be grateful to Shawn Evans,” Lisk said. “When we made the trade for Shawn before our second year at Mohegan Sun, he instantly gave us that “It” factor. He led us to two playoff appearances, and provided us with many memorable moments. It’s always hard to part ways with a player, and a person, of Shawn’s character. On behalf of the whole Black Wolves organization we want to thank Shawn for all he has done for our organization.”
The Black Wolves are currently 5-4 and will visit Toronto on March 11 before returning home on March 16 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game against the Rock at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:30 p.m.