This is ridiculous.
You are someone’s miracle. :)
Well I remember, in tryouts in Colorado Springs, I didn’t know many of the guys there because I was older. I knew Buzz because we played together in world championships, two years we played together in world championships, and we played against each other in college. And I remember him and I sitting one day and having a beer, and looking at all the players, and crossing off names. And we’re like, “Okay Buzz, here’s the left wings. Bang, bang, bang, we’re better than him, we’re better than him, we’re better than him.” And all of a sudden we looked at each other and went, “…It’s gonna come down to you or I, Buzz. [laughs] One of us is not going to make this team!”
Craig was a complicated man whose habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time made him a lightning rod for controversy. He came across as arrogant, even though those who knew him said he really wasn’t like that. Overall, most teammates did like Craig, and all of them respected his ability to play goal. Craig oozed confidence like no goaltender they had ever seen.
Boston University coach Jack Parker recruited Craig out of Massasoit Junior College, actually grabbing him away from Jack Kelley, his former coach, who wanted Craig for his Colby team. Parker was honest with Craig, telling him from the beginning that he had offered a scholarship to Mark Holden of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Parker also had Brian Durocher penciled in as one goaltender. If Holden accepted, Craig wouldn’t get a scholarship, as Parker didn’t have three scholarships for goaltenders.
"I understand," Craig told Parker. "But I’ve seen Durocher and I’ve seen Holden and I’m going to be your goalie."
Holden didn’t go to Boston University. Two years later, in 1978, Craig was 16-0-0 with a 3.72 goals-against average and Durocher, grandnephew of baseball legend Leo Durocher, was 14-2-3, as they split duties during Boston University’s national championship season in 1978.
"He’s the best college goaltender I’ve seen with the exception of Ken Dryden," Parker said. "[Two-time Olympic coach] Dave Peterson used to tell me that Craig was absolutely perfect technically."
Parker remembered that when he watched Craig practice, it would seem as if “the net had disappeared behind him.” Craig’s best asset was his confidence. He hated to get beaten by a shooter. “When you are good, and you know you are good, it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Parker said. “And Jimmy Craig had that feeling.”