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Crysta Pfeffer in a Boston Bruins uniform, circa 2019.

Crysta Pfeffer is an American pro ice hockey goaltender currently with the Boston Bruins of the Global Hockey League and professional racing driver competing in the NASCAR TrackMania Cup Series, driving the #06 Tecnivals Chevrolet SS for JustForward Racing. She was also expected to run full-time in the CART Championship Series under the same team. However that never materialized. She also competes in the TrackMania Formula One World Championship for the Lotus F1 Team and the TrackMania Grand Prix Lights series under the same team. She has been active in pro hockey since 2014 and in auto racing since 2013.

Global Hockey League Edit

Weld Central Rebels (2014-15) Edit

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Pfeffer with Weld Central during the 2014-15 GHL season.

Crysta Pfeffer's GHL career began during the 2014-15 GHL season with the Weld Central Rebels. She was originally drafted by the Rebels in June of 2014, but didn't play until February 2015 due to schedule conflicts with her NASCAR career. Her first career game was on February 10th, 2015 against the Houston Aeros at the Astrodome in Houston. The Rebels would win the game 7-1 led by a 54-save performance by Pfeffer. She would continue her success with a 21-game win streak and would be the first goaltender in GHL history to score a goal, which would turn into 5 goals at the end of the season. Her most remarkable performance came on March 29th, 2015 against the Colorado Eagles where she turned away 75 shots in a 3-2 overtime win. She would end the season undefeated at 21-0 and the winner of both the Goalie-Of-The-Year award and the GHL Lifetime Achievement Award. Unfortunately Pfeffer wouldn't see the playoffs with Weld Central due to the playoffs being cancelled in June 2015 after 2 months of schedule conflicts with the GHL. The league would eventually cease operations for the next 5 months.

Boston Bruins (2015-2018) Edit

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Pfeffer with the Boston Bruins during the 2017 GHL Playoffs.

Upon the GHL's revival in November 2015, many new teams entered the league. One of them was the Boston Bruins. On December 22nd, 2015 the Bruins signed Pfeffer to a 3-year contract in the hopes of winning the Global Hockey Championship. Unfortunately things went downhill early on. Complications due to injuries sustained outside of hockey forced Pfeffer to sit out the first 2 months of the 2015-16 season. She would make her debut in Boston on February 10th, 2016, exactly one year since her GHL debut with Weld Central in 2015. She would backstop the Bruins to a 7-5 win over the Chicago Wolves in her first game in Boston. Her unbeaten streak would extend to 50-0 after a perfect 42-0 regular season with the Bruins. However, she sat out the last 5 games of the season due to a concussion suffered on the road against the Detroit Red Wings after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader crashed the crease on a scoring chance and blindside hit Pfeffer in the head. She would also miss the first 2 games of the first round of the playoffs. Pfeffer returned in game 3 of the 1st round series against the Quebec Nordiques and would backstop the Bruins to an 8-1 win and a spot in the 2nd round. She would see more playoff success as the Bruins would eliminate the defending champion Colorado Eagles 2 games to 1. Unfortunately her playoff success would end in the North American Conference Final, where the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated Boston in 3 games. Pfeffer would end the season with her 2nd straight Goalie-Of-The-Year award.

The 2016-17 season would be a tough year for the Bruins, as they struggled to find team chemistry most of the year. However, they finished the season 34-8, good enough for a top 4 spot in the playoffs and a wild card round bye. Pfeffer would find success in the playoffs once again, as Boston eliminated the New Jersey Devils in a 2-game sweep and would knock off the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins 2 games to 1. Unfortunately Pfeffer and the Bruins would see their playoff success end in the conference final again, this time against the Quebec Nordiques, who would knock off the Bruins 2 games to 1. Pfeffer would still end the season with another Goalie-Of-The-Year award and a GHL MVP award.

The 2017-18 season was arguably Boston's most dominant year, finishing 42-0 and 1st in the league. Unfortunately for Pfeffer, her stats took a huge hit as she only played 35 games. She would end up as the 3rd string goaltender to a tandem consisting of Tim Thomas and Andy Moog near the end of the season. Despite winning all 35 games she played in, Pfeffer would record a Goals Against Average of 3.85 and a save percentage of .765, which were both career lows. Boston would start Pfeffer in round 1 against the Atlanta Thrashers, and after a 3-game series, the Thrashers pulled off the upset, winning the series 2 games to 1. Due to the 1st round exit, career lows in stats, and never being able to get over the hump of getting past the conference final, the Bruins traded Pfeffer to the Oklahoma City Barons on June 15th, 2018 for a 3rd round draft pick, which they used to draft goaltender Heath Slater, who was brought in as Pfeffer's replacement. Pfeffer would then be traded to the Colorado Eagles in exchange for goaltender Tim Boron 2 days later. Ironically, Pfeffer would still win the GHL's Fewest Goals Against award due to scoring being up in the GHL and 2017-18 was a bad year for goalies. Pfeffer's first tenure in Boston would include 2 Goalie-Of-The-Year awards and a GHL MVP award, as well as 3 All-Star Game appearances.
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Crysta Pfeffer, Circa 2018, in a Colorado Eagles GHL uniform.

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Pfeffer with the Colorado Eagles in 2018.

Colorado Eagles and Edmonton Oilers (2018-19) Edit

On September 5th, 2018 Crysta Pfeffer made her debut with the Colorado Eagles against the Hamilton Tigers. She would backstop the Eagles to a 3-1 win. Unfortunately this would be her only win as a member of the Eagles, as she would lose the next 6 games and was promptly and abruptly placed on waivers. She would be picked up by the Edmonton Oilers on October 10th, 2018. She would be part of a tandem with Grant Fuhr and would have decent success with the Oilers, but on January 30th, 2019 she was traded back to Boston in exchange for 3 draft picks.

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Pfeffer with the Edmonton Oilers in 2019.

Pfeffer's run with both Edmonton and Colorado were short-lived, and she's looking for a championship run in her 2nd tenure in Boston. Her return to Boston was also due to the Heath Slater experiment not working out, as Slater did not deliver in terms of stats.

World Cup Of Hockey Edit

Pfeffer has competed in 1 GHL World Cup Of Hockey tournament so far, in 2018. The tournament was hosted in the United States and she would of course suit up for the host nation, winning gold in the tournament after beating Canada 3-1.

Return to Boston (2019-present) Edit

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Pfeffer with the Players Cup over her head after game 3 of the 2019 Global Hockey Championship.

Pfeffer made a return to the Boston Bruins on March 1st, 2019 during the trade deadline. The trade included rookie Kaylynn Sheldon and 2nd year defenseman Ashley McCain. Boston would trade underachieving goaltender Heath Slater and 2 other players to the Oilers in exchange. The Bruins would finish the regular season well within a playoff spot and would go on to win the Atlantic Division tournament, placing them 3rd in the North American Conference to start the playoffs. They would beat the Quebec Nordiques in round 1 in a 2 game sweep, and then swept Pittsburgh in the 2nd round. Pfeffer and the Bruins would finally get over the hump after beating the Weld Central Rebels in a 2-game sweep in the North American Conference Final to advance to the Global Hockey Championship for the first time ever. The Bruins would face Stockholm Hockey Empire (known at the time as HRCA Inline Hockey) and the series went the distance. Stockholm took game 1 5-4 in overtime after Pfeffer was caught on a bad night. In game 2 Pfeffer would not do much better early on, as the Bruins were down 3-1 after 2 periods. However, after a miraculous comeback in the 3rd period, Pfeffer held the fort and the Bruins went on to tie the series at 1 with a 6-3 win, sending the series into a do-or-die game 3. Despite Stockholm scoring 2 goals in Game 3, Pfeffer was solid in goal, stopping shots that otherwise should have gone in. Boston would win game 3 5-2, and win the Global Hockey Championship. Pfeffer became the 2nd female player in GHL history to win the Players Cup, alongside female teammates Kaylynn Sheldon and Ashley McCain.

Auto Racing Edit

NASCAR TrackMania Cup Series Edit

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Pfeffer's #192 Dodge, driven from 2013-2017.

Crysta Pfeffer's auto racing career began in May 2013 at the age of 16. Her debut in the formerly-called NASCAR National Series (now NASCAR TrackMania Cup Series) was at the Old Spice Speedway in late May, driving the #192 Classic Gold 2004 Dodge Intrepid for the Dodge factory team. Unfortunately the race would end early for her, as a 7-car pileup resulted in the destruction of her car on lap 3. Her 2013 stats included 9 races out of 20, with 0 wins, 4 top 5's (5th at Daytona, 3rd at Talladega, 3rd at Red Ball Raceway, 4th at Nazareth) and 2 top 10's (9th at Bristol, 10th at Texas). She would continue to drive the #192 Dodge until the end of 2017. Unfortunately her career in the #192 was less than stellar, with no wins, top 5's, or top 10's after 2013. Her lack of success with the Dodge factory team caused her to leave the team in a messy departure at the end of 2017, which also caused the Dodge factory team to cease operations.
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Crysta Pfeffer's #06 Tecnivals Chevrolet SS, driven in the 2018 season.

Starting in the 2018 season, the NASCAR National Series was rebranded as the NASCAR TrackMania Cup Series, and would only race a 9-race schedule for the 2018 season, with an expanded schedule planned for 2019. Weeks before the Daytona 500, Pfeffer signed with JustForward Racing under a Chevy engine program in their 1st season in the series. She would drive the #06 Tecnivals Chevrolet SS and would finish 8th in the Daytona 500. She would win her first career race the next week at Sacramento Speedway, leading the most laps and winning by a wide margin despite bouncing off the catch fence and riding the wall in the middle of the race. Pfeffer would win the next race at the Mexico City road course after Mark Martin blew a tire entering the final corner and 2 other cars wrecked on the front straightaway. The next race at the Alamosa road course would end horribly for Pfeffer however, as she would get airborne entering an uphill turn on the last lap and smash the catch fence. She would finish 13th, managing to drag her damaged car to the start/finish line. After finishing 12th at Martinsville, Pfeffer would win her 3rd race at the New Mexico figure 8 track, as Austin Dillon ran out of gas on the front straightaway on the last lap. She would take the points lead after that race for the 1st time ever. She would lead the last few laps at Auto Club Speedway and almost won 2 in a row but Brad Keselowski managed to beat her by inches at the end. Unfortunately she would drop off substantially at the Rocky Mountain 500, finishing 15th after a suspension problem forced her to fall back several positions that she was never able to make up. However, Pfeffer received a huge break going into the final race of the season at Los Angeles, as Kasie Miller, who was 2nd in the points, failed to qualify for the race. The championship situation at Los Angeles granted the championship to Pfeffer if she finished 5th or higher, while the 3rd place driver, Owen Justice, had to win the race to keep the championship battle alive for another week. Unfortunately for Owen Justice, a suspension failure caused him to finish 12th. The battle for the lead was between Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, with Stewart winning the race. Pfeffer would finish 3rd, good enough for the championship. It would be the first championship in any NASCAR-sanctioned series to be won by a female driver. Following the championship Pfeffer signed a 3-year deal with JustForward Racing starting in 2019.

TrackMania Formula One World Championship Edit

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Pfeffer's Nadeo Motorsport F1 car, which was used for preseason testing from 2016-2018.

In 2016, Pfeffer became a test driver for Nadeo Motorsport in Formula One. She would never see any on-track action outside of preseason testing and would leave Nadeo Motorsport at the end of the 2018 season. On January 22nd, 2019 Pfeffer was seen at Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas testing with the Lotus F1 Team. The very next day she would sign with Lotus and would be partnered with 2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

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Pfeffer's Lotus F1 car for the 2019 TrackMania F1 season.

Pfeffer started the season in Australia, as she managed to acquire her super license just in time for the season opener. She qualified 15th and would make a massive charge to 3rd at the end of lap 1. By lap 5, Pfeffer led the race but would eventually be caught by Aguri Suzuki in the Honda. On the last lap, Suzuki led coming to the final few corners but cut a corner too deep and snagged a cone which got stuck in his front wing and embedded itself in the soft ground, as it had been raining the past few days. Suzuki would finish 7th and Pfeffer, managing to overtake Suzuki at that same corner, won the race. It would be the first time ever that a female driver won in Formula One and Pfeffer would be the first American driver since Mario Andretti in 1978 to win in F1.

In Malaysia for round 2, Pfeffer qualified 12th. However she had difficulty navigating her way around the tricky Sepang Circuit. She would finish 7th and lose the championship lead to fellow American Owen Justice, who would go on to win in the Dallara despite qualifying 24th.

Things unfortunately wouldn't get better for Pfeffer at Shanghai for round 3. Only 20 cars started the race and Pfeffer qualified last, several positions behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen. She would finish 15th while Raikkonen won the race and took the championship lead. Pfeffer would drop to 3rd in the standings after finishing without points for the 1st time in her career.

Despite these early setbacks, Pfeffer would score a podium in Monaco and would eventually win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Her consistency after China would see her regain the championship lead and after a 3rd place finish in the US Grand Prix, Pfeffer became the World Champion.

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