Glennie Is A Forgotten Member of 1972 Team


Toronto Maple Leaf defensemen Brian Glennie was another of the youngsters included on Team Canada. The idea was that everyone would get into a few games, as Canada was supposed to walk all over those Russian amateurs. However that changed quickly as it became obvious Canada had their hands full with more than they could handle. As a result the younger players were used sparingly, or as in the case with Brian Glennie, not used at all.

Brian got the invite after Boston Bruins' stalwart Dallas Smith turned down his invite due to farming commitments. And it is an experience he was glad to partake in, even if he didn't get to play.

"At every hockey banquet I go to, I thank Dallas Smith for saying no," Glennie half-joked. "It made me a better hockey player and turned out to be one of the greatest moments in my life."

"I believe the series made me a much better hockey player. Even though i didn't play against the Russians - I played against the Swedes and Czechs - I practiced with the best players in the National Hockey League for that entire period of time," he wrote in the 2001 book Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now.

Brian stated the lasting memory for him would always be the 3000 Canadian fans who made the trip to Moscow and cheered Canada to victory, and belted out the Canadian national anthem in the otherwise quiet Luzhniki Ice Palace.

"I don't think I've heard O Canada sung with such feeling in my life. It still brings tears to your eyes to think about it. That's something I'll never forget," he said

 

1972 Summit Series.com Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #38 - Brian Glennie - Defense
 

Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Born: 8/29/1946 Toronto, Ontario
1972 NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs


Summit Series Statistics

GP Pts PIM SOG SAG +/-
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Other Team Canada Appearances - None

NHL Career Notes - Aside from 19 games with the Los Angeles Kings, Glennie played with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs for his entire career.

He was an oft-injured defensive defenseman.

Career NHL Statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
Regular Season 572 14 100 114 621
NHL Playoffs  32 0 1 1 66

 

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