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Posted: January 25, 2022

Bucks’ co-owner Adam Cracknell named to Team Canada

A hockey player many Cranbrook and area fans remember fondly has been named to Canada’s men’s hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Adam Cracknell, who is a part owner of the Cranbrook Bucks of the BC Hockey League, tallied 213 points in 283 games for the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay ICE between 2002 and 2006.

It’s fitting that Cracknell, 36, will have a chance to play in China, as his professional hockey career has taken him to many locales.

Drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2004 (279th overall), Cracknell performed for three American Hockey League clubs (Omaha, Quad City, Peoria) and one ECHL club (Las Vegas), before really packing on the travel miles.

His first stint in the NHL was in St. Louis in 2011/12, where he scored his first goal.

From there he hopped back and forth between the NHL and AHL, with stops in Chicago (Wolves), Columbus Blue Jackets, Springfield (Falcons), Chicago (AHL), 44 games with the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Laval Rocket, Toronto Marlies, San Diego Gulls, Anaheim Ducks, Kunlun Red Star (KHL) and most recently, the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL, where he put up 30 points in 39 games last year.

While with the Condors, the Oilers’ farm team, Cracknell led the team with 10 points in six playoff games last season.

In 28 games with the Condors this season, he has nine goals and 23 points, good for third overall on the team.

Cracknell will add seasoning and size (6’3”) to Canada’s forwards, where he will be joined by up-and-comers and other seasoned pros playing outside the NHL, such as long-time all-star Eric Staal, Mason McTavish, David Desharnais, Josh Ho-Sang, Daniel Winnick, Eric O’Dell, Corbin Knight, Daniel Carr, Landon Ferraro, Jack McBain, Adam Tambellini, Jordan Weal and Ben Street.

Canada’s blueline will feature Buffalo Sabres’ first overall draft selection in 2021 Owen Power, along with recent NHLer Jason Demers, KHLer Brandon Gormley, Mark Barberio, Alex Grant, Tyler Wotherspoon, Maxim Noreau and Mat Robinson.

In goal Canada will have 20-year-old Devon Levi (Florida Panthers), who helped Canada to a silver medal in the 2021 World Junior Championship, along with Eduard Pasquale (KHL) and Matt Tomkins (of Frolunda HC in the SEL).

Justin Pogge, Morgan Ellis, John Gilmour, Chris DiDomenico and Max Véronneau were named alternates.

The Canadian men’s team opens play on Feb. 10 against Germany.

Congratulations and well earned, Adam!

Bakersfield Condors photo


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