Tim Cranston

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Tim Cranston
Born (1962-12-13) 13 December 1962 (age 60)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Played for GIJS Groningen
VEU Feldkirch
Genève-Servette HC
EHC Basel
EV Füssen
Nova Scotia Oilers
SC Herisau
EV Duisburg
Fife Flyers
Cleveland Bombers
Durham Wasps
Sheffield Steelers
Edinburgh Capitals
National teamFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Playing career 19851999

Tim Cranston (born 13 December 1962) is a retired professional ice hockey player who holds dual Canadian and British nationality. He played in Europe between 1985 and 1999 except for one game in the 1986–87 season played in the American Hockey League. He was also a member of the Great Britain national ice hockey team between 1993 and 1997. Whilst living in the United Kingdom, Cranston was the founding chairman of the British Ice Hockey Player's Association (GB). Currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cranston is working as a sports agent and lawyer for the sports and entertainment industries. He was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Playing career

After playing junior ice hockey, Cranston moved to Europe to play for GIJS Groningen in the 1984–85 season of the Dutch Eredivisie. He then split the 1985–86 season between VEU Feldkirch in the Austrian Hockey League and Genève-Servette HC in the Swiss Nationalliga B. During the 1986–87 season, he again played in the Nationalliga B, but this time with EHC Basel, as well as playing for EV Füssen in the German 1.Liga Süd before he finished the season playing one game for Nova Scotia Oilers in the American Hockey League.

Cranston returned to Europe and the Swiss Nationalliga B for the 1987–88 season to play for SC Herisau. He again split the 1988–89 season when he played for EV Duisburg in the German 1.Liga Nord and the Fife Flyers in the Premier Division of the British Hockey League (BHL). Remaining in the United Kingdom, Cranston then joined the Cleveland Bombers in Division 1 of the BHL for the 1989–90 season. A successful season saw Cranston named to the All Star team and promotion for Cleveland to the Premier Division. Cranston again played for Cleveland during the 1990–91 season before he moved to the Durham Wasps for the 1991–92 and 1992–93 seasons. During the 1991–92 season with Durham, he helped them to win the league championship and the playoffs.

Joining the Sheffield Steelers for the 1993–94 season, Cranston remained in Sheffield for the next five seasons. A successful period for both Cranston and Sheffield, he helped them to win the league championship and the playoffs in the 1994–95 season, a Grand Slam of the Benson & Hedges Cup, the league championship and the playoffs in the 1995–96 season, and the playoffs in the inaugural season of the Ice Hockey Superleague, 1996–97.

Cranston played his final season with the Edinburgh Capitals in the British National League during the 1998–99 season.

Off ice career

Cranston completed his degree in Law at Durham University in 1993. [1] He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996 and the Bar of Nova Scotia in 2001. [2]

With ice hockey in the United Kingdom becoming more popular in the late 1980s and the influx of player's, Cranston, with Joanne Collins, formed the Ice Hockey Player's Association (GB) in 1994. [3] He was the founding chairman and has remained the Association's legal adviser. [4]

During his time at Sheffield, Cranston married his English girlfriend, Anna, [5] He also opened a sports bar, The Player's Cafe, with Sheffield rock band, Def Leppard, members Joe Elliott and Rick Savage. [6]

Returning to North America in 1999 when he retired from playing, Cranston became a sports agent and formed his own company, Cranston Sports Management, with whom he has represented or trained such players as Sidney Crosby and Marek Svatos. [4] He has also continued to work as a lawyer in the sports and entertainment industries. [4]

Cranston was a candidate in the 2021 Nova Scotia general election in the Halifax Atlantic riding for the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. [7] He was not elected. [8]

Honours and awards

Records

Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1979–80 Sherbrooke Beavers QMJHL 6514142835
1980–81 Sherbrooke BeaversQMJHL724667113123
1981–82 Hull Olympiques QMJHL55305080117144141818
1984–85 GIJS Groningen Eredivisie 425875133
1985–86 VEU Feldkirch Austrian 422421
1985–86 Genève-Servette HC Nationalliga B
1986–87 EHC Basel Nationalliga B
1986–87 EV Füssen 1.Liga Süd 151222341611471122
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 10002
1987–88 SC Herisau Nationalliga B
1988–89 EV Duisburg 1.Liga Nord
1988–89 Fife Flyers BHL Premier 719163514
1989–90 Cleveland Bombers BHL Div 1 32917216378
1990–91Cleveland BombersBHL Premier367147118102
1991–92 Durham Wasps BHL Premier314125661228951430
1992–93Durham WaspsBHL Premier7641012
1993–94 Sheffield Steelers BHL Premier4452491018681251722
1994–95Sheffield SteelersBHL Premier424144851268851314
1995–96Sheffield SteelersBHL Premier36332255115863912
1996–97 Sheffield Steelers ISL 421122335680116
1997–98 Sheffield SteelersISL4214112532922412
1998–99 Edinburgh Capitals BNL 1398173541126

International play

Played for the Great Britain national ice hockey team in:

International statistics

YearTeamCompGPGAPtsPIM
1993 Great Britain WC(B)731441
1993Great BritainOly–Q41128
1994Great BritainWC60004
1995Great BritainOly–Q30226
1996Great BritainWC(B)744814
1996Great BritainOly–Q522410
1997Great BritainWC(B)71348
Totals3911132491

Footnotes

  1. Abbott, Ken (14 December 2019). "Tim Cranston Interview - The Early Years". Old Time Hockey UK. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  2. "Tim Cranston" (PDF). Clyde A. Paul & Associates. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  3. "Joanne Collins Biography". British Ice Hockey Fans Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  4. 1 2 3 "Tim Cranston". SMWW Sports Agency. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  5. "Tom a Cool choice for Steelers, says old boy". The Sheffield Star. 4 August 2004. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  6. "The Def Leppard Reach". Paper Sun. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  7. "Tim Cranston is the PC Candidate for Halifax Atlantic". Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. 17 July 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  8. "Nova Scotia election riding results: Halifax Atlantic". Global News. 17 August 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  9. "All Star Team season 89–90". Ice Hockey Journalists UK. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  10. "Ice hockey". The Sunday Mirror . 1 November 1998.
  11. "Retired Shirts". sheffieldsteelers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  12. "Players Hall of Fame". Sheffield Steelers Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  13. "Four New Names into Hall of Fame". Ice Hockey Journalists UK . 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  14. "1980–81 Sherbrooke Beavers [QMJHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  15. "Tim Cranston – player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  16. "1989–90 Cleveland Bombers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  17. "1990–91 Cleveland Bombers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  18. "1993–94 Sheffield Steelers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  19. "1994–95 Sheffield Steelers [BHL] player statistics". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 3 January 2008.

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