Jan 8, 2009 - Brian Glennie
Nothing jumping out at me today about the Montreal game and I'm kind of Sundined out at the moment, so I'm going back to the Panthers game just a little bit. Seeing McCabe back in Toronto got me thinking a little bit about the current inhabitant of #24, Jonas Frogren.
When Jonas was signed this past summer, he was billed basically as a guy who was going to come in and play a solid, hard-hitting defensive game - not a guy who was going to generate a ton of points, but an honest, tough defenseman. Maybe someone out of the Yushkevich school moreso than the McCabe school.
I think he's basically done that. He's not the sort to make the glaring error, nor the spectacular play, save maybe for a shot block. He hasn't played a ton, but you don't cringe when he's out there, and that's not a bad quality for a lower-pairing defenseman.
Frogren would do well if he were able to emulate an earlier #24 (and another Brian, though it's spelled differently), Brian Glennie. Brian played the same type of game - solid d, hard hitting, no nonsense. He broke in as part of a Leaf defense in 1969-70 that was Tim Horton and a bunch of kids. I think Horton had at least 10 years on all of them and as much as 15 on some. Many of those players - Quinn, Ley, Dorey, Pelyk - were gone within a couple of seasons. The two that really stuck were McKenny, for his offense, and Glennie, for his defense.
Brian is a name you don't hear of a ton nowadays, but he was pretty well-respected at the time. He was even part of team Canada in 1972. He didn't dress, but was with the team in both Canada and Russia. He was a solid plus player for his career, played a simple game and played it well.
There's a lot of room for a player like that.
|1969-70||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||52||1||14||15||50||-4|
|1970-71||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||54||0||8||8||31||-1||3||0||0||0||0|
|1971-72||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||61||2||8||10||44||+11||5||0||0||0||25|
|1972-73||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||44||1||10||11||54||+2|
|1973-74||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||65||4||18||22||100||+27||3||0||0||0||10|
|1974-75||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||1||7||8||110||-5|
|1975-76||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||0||8||8||75||+10||6||0||1||1||15|
|1976-77||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||69||1||10||11||73||-1||2||0||0||0||0|
|1977-78||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||77||2||15||17||62||+24||13||0||0||0||16|
|1978-79||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||18||2||2||4||22||+2|
- Traded to Los Angeles by Toronto with Kurt Walker, Scott Garland, Toronto's 2nd round choice (Mark Hardy) in 1979 Entry Draft for Dave Hutchison and Lorne Stamler, June 14, 1978.
the HHOF take on Brian:
Brian Glennie learned his hockey trade in the heart of his hometown, starting with The Little Toronto Hockey League. As a pee-wee, Glennie was coached by future Leafs bench boss Roger Neilson. And at the next level he reached the pinnacle of his youth hockey career: winning the Canadian midget championship with a team called Dick's Pickles.
Glennie's junior career unfolded with the Toronto Marlboros where in year three, he captained the club to a Memorial Cup victory in 1967. From there it was off to the '68 Olympics in France where Team Canada captured a bronze medal.
Glennie's pro career started in Rochester and Tulsa. As coach Johnny McClellan was promoted from Tulsa up to the Leafs in 1969, he brought Glennie with him. With Tim Horton as his first partner, the young defenseman quickly established himself as a solid, crease-clearing blueliner who excelled in the art of bodychecking.
In 1972, Dallas Smith declined to join Team Canada for the Summit series against the Soviet Union. Glennie eagerly took his place and, although he played in only two exhibition games, counts the experience as the greatest outing of his life.
Glennie remained with the Leafs until 1978 before joining the Los Angeles Kings for his final 18 NHL games.