Crawford grew up in Chateauguay, just a short drive from Saint-Leonard where Martin Brodeur was raised. Of course, the two never crossed paths given their age difference, but Crawford from a young age knew exactly who Brodeur was.
"I had posters of him on my wall," Crawford abashedly shared on the Speak of the Devils Podcast, "I started idolizing Marty, you know, he's unbelievable, just how good he was with the different style of play. And, you know, he was fun to watch. And I had, I still have, that 'Heaven', VHS, I think back home, from when they won [in 1995]."
Years later, little did Crawford know, he'd be on a phone call with his idol and his idol would be trying to convince him to join his team.
"That was a big surprise," Crawford told podcast hosts Matt Loughlin and Amanda Stein, "Obviously, I'm from Montreal, Marty was a pretty big idol of mine growing up, you know, I watched him and [New Jersey] when they were winning Cups. So, to talk to him on the phone was pretty cool. It's pretty special. And, you know, it definitely, definitely persuaded me to think about Jersey and what they can offer."
That is, among other things, the power of Martin Brodeur.