The eighth goaltender to win 100 games for the Chicago Blackhawks, Crawford in 2011-12 became the first Chicago goalie to have back-to-back 30-win seasons since Ed Belfour (1992-94). Crawford's 33 wins in 2010-11 were the most by a Blackhawks goalie since Jocelyn Thibault won 33 games in 2001-02.
The Blackhawks selected Crawford in the second round (No. 52) in the 2003 NHL Draft. At the time, Crawford was with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he played four seasons from 2001-05. In 2003-04 Crawford won a league-high 35 games and helped Moncton reach the President's Cup final. He was a league-best 13-6 in 20 postseason games.