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Tigers add a Craven

By Medicine Hat News on July 18, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

The Medicine Hat Tigers added a player with a familiar name to their roster Monday.

Defenceman Joel Craven has committed to the WHL club, following in the footsteps of his father Murray, who played in the orange and black before going on to a successful NHL career.

Joel, 17, is from Whitefish, Mont. but played with the Calgary Flames midget AAA team last season. He had a goal and nine assists in 31 regular season games, then two assists in eight playoff games.

Murray, who was born in the Hat, played with the Tigers from 1980-1984, then logged more than 1,000 NHL games with six different teams before retiring the year Joel was born. He’s now senior vice president of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

“We think Joel’s development as a solid two-way defenceman is coming along as we expected and we are thrilled that he and his family have decided to join our hockey club,” said Tigers senior director of player development Darren Kruger.

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