Curtis Glencross
Born (1982-12-28)December 28, 1982,
Kindersley, SK, CAN
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Calgary Flames
Anaheim Ducks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2004–present

Curtis Jack Glencross (born December 28, 1982 age 30) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Undrafted by any team, he signed with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks as a free agent in 2004 and made his NHL debut with the team in 2007. He has also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers, and joined the Flames in 2008 as an unrestricted free agent. He improved his scoring totals in each of his first three seasons in Calgary, earning a four-year contract extension with the team in 2011. Glencross is a spokesman for the Special Olympics and is a member of Rae Croteau Jr.'s chuckwagon racing team in the summer.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Glencross was born December 28, 1982, in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Provost, Alberta.[1] He is the son of Mel and Robin Glencross, and has a younger brother, Matthew, and sister, Kari.[2] His parents both played hockey and say he inherited an intense competitive nature from them.[2] His family moved to Red Deer, Alberta when he was a teenager as his parents began a livestock auction business.[2] Glencross was small for his age, standing less than five feet tall when he was 15, and as a result was often left off the top teams in minor hockey despite having the talent to play; he played Midget C hockey in Provost.[1] He experienced a rapid growth spurt, growing a full foot in a period of 17 months, and was recruited to play Junior A hockey for the expansion Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in 2000.[2] He later became the first Bandit alumnus to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).[3]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

College and minor professional[edit | edit source]

The Bandits were a last-place team both years Glencross played, but he was among the AJHL's leading goalscorers in 2001–02 with 42 goals. He went undrafted by an NHL team, but received interest from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools and was considering returning to Brooks for a third season of junior. Jack Kowal, assistant coach of the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, had scouted Glencross during the season. Impressed with his ability and intensity on the ice, offered Glencross a full scholarship to play for his school.[2] Glencross played two seasons at Alaska-Anchorage between 2002 and 2004, scoring 32 goals and 57 points in 72 games.[4] He was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association offensive player of the week for December 15, 2003, after scoring a hat trick against the Colorado College Tigers in a 5–2 win.[5][6] He led the Seawolves in goals (21) and points (34) in 2002–03.[7]

Glencross chose to forgo his final two years of college eligibility, signing a professional contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on March 25, 2004.[4] He was assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, to complete the 2003–04 season. He scored two goals in seven regular season games, and one more in nine playoff games.[7] He remained with Cincinnati in 2004–05, appearing in 51 games and scoring nine points.[4] He was moved to the Portland Pirates, also of the AHL, in 2005–06 and improved to 15 goals and 25 points in 41 games while also appearing in 19 post-season games.[4]

His 2006–07 season was split between four teams. Glencross began with the Pirates, but at mid-season earned his first call-up and made his NHL debut on January 13, 2007.[8] He scored his first goal that night, against Peter Budaj, in a 3–2 loss against the Colorado Avalanche.[9] He played two games with Anaheim before he was traded, along with Zenon Konopka and a 7th round draft pick, to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Mark Hartigan, Joe Motzko and a 4th round pick on January 26.[4] Glencross appeared in seven games with the Blue Jackets but finished the season in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.[7]

National Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Glencross established himself as an NHL regular in 2007–08. He appeared in 36 games for the Blue Jackets before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Dick Tarnstrom on February 1, 2008.[10] Glencross appeared in 26 games for the Oilers, scoring 15 goals and 25 points in 61 games combined between Columbus and Edmonton.[4] Though he played well with Edmonton,[11] the Oilers did not make a contract offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.[12] Glencross hoped to remain in Edmonton as it was close to his Red Deer home. But after the Oilers made little effort to negotiate with him, he chose to sign a three-year, $3.6 million deal with Edmonton's provincial rival, the Calgary Flames.[13]

In his first year with the Flames, Glencross set new personal highs in games played (74), goals (13) and points (40).[7] He missed six games in December 2008 with a knee injury,[8] and three more early in the 2009–10 NHL season after he was suspended for a blind-side hit on Chris Drury of the New York Rangers.[14] He set a new personal best with 15 goals on the season that included his first NHL hat trick in a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.[15] His season was ended on March 17 after suffering a leg injury when he was struck by Matt Hendricks of the Colorado Avalanche in a knee-on-knee collision.[16]

Playing in the final year of his contract, Glencross set personal highs of 24 goals and 43 points in 2010–11.[17] While the Flames received offers from other teams for Glencross at the trade deadline, the team chose to hold on to him though they risked losing him as an unrestricted free agent following the season.[18] Glencross chose to remain in Calgary, agreeing to a four-year, $10.2 million contract with the Flames on May 17, 2011. Glencross felt that he could have earned a bigger contract on the open market, but chose to to take less money to remain in Calgary.[17]

Off the ice[edit | edit source]

While Glencross grew up around the rodeo circuit, he did not enter into the sport until he met World Professional Chuckwagon Association driver Rae Croteau Jr. in 2005.[19] He became interested in chuckwagon racing at the time, and while he does not race, Glencross was a part of Croteau's team in 2007 and 2008, helping around the stables.[20]

Glencross and his wife Tanya have a daughter, Karter.[17] An active member of the community, Glencross serves as a spokesman for the Special Olympics program,[21] and hosts an annual charity golf tournament in support of Calgary Crime Stoppers.[22] The first event, held in 2009, raised C$100,000.[23]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Brooks Bandits AJHL 60 23 22 45 113
2001–02 Brooks Bandits AJHL 53 42 26 68
2002–03 University of Alaska-Anchorage WCHA 35 11 12 23 79
2003–04 University of Alaska-Anchorage WCHA 37 21 13 34 79
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 7 2 1 3 6 9 1 6 7 10
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 51 6 3 9 63 12 2 0 2 10
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 41 15 10 25 85 19 4 6 10 37
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 31 6 10 16 74
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 2 1 0 1 2
2006–07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 19 16 35 53
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 6 6 12 25
2007–08 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 9 4 13 28
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 74 13 27 40 42 6 0 3 3 12
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 67 15 18 33 58
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 79 24 19 43 59
NHL totals 362 96 98 194 278 6 0 3 3 12

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lee, Mark (2008-01-21). Hockey Journeys. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved on 2010-09-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Woody, Doyle. "Glencross a cornerstone for UAA", Anchorage Daily News, 2002-12-03, p. C1. 
  3. Alumni of the Brooks Bandits. Brooks Bandits Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Curtis Glencross profile. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  5. UAA Hockey all-time WCHA player of the week (PDF). University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  6. UAA Hockey all-time hat tricks (PDF). University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Hanlon, Peter (2009). 2009–10 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club, 52. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hanlon, Peter (2010). 2010–11 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club, 46–47. 
  9. Hedjuk nails shootout attempt, Avalanche edge past Ducks. ESPN (2007-01-13).
  10. Portzline, Aaron (2008-02-01). Blue Jackets deal Glencross to Oilers. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  11. Duhatschek, Eric (2008-07-02). Flames sign Curtis Glencross. Globe and Mail. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  12. Tychkowski, Robert (2008-07-02). Change good for Torres. Edmonton Sun. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  13. Ireland, Joanne. "Calgary was still close to home for Glencross", Edmonton Journal, 2008-07-03. Retrieved on 2011-05-18. 
  14. Klein, Jeff Z. (2009-11-09). Flames’ Glencross Suspended Three Games for Hit on Rangers’ Drury. New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  15. Glencross' hat-trick leads Flames to win over Hurricanes. The Sports Network (2010-02-04). Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  16. Gilbertson, Wes (2010-03-18). Sutter keeps Glencross' injury secret. Calgary Sun. Retrieved on 2010-09-15.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Hall, Vicki. "Glencross gets $10.2 million contract", Calgary Herald, 2011-05-17, p. E1. 
  18. Flames pick up Modin, Carson. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2011-02-28). Retrieved on 2011-05-17.
  19. Racer finds lucky charm in Glencross. Edmonton Journal (2008-09-01). Retrieved on 2010-09-17.
  20. Glencross: From hockey rink to chuckwagon arena. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2008-01-10). Retrieved on 2010-09-17.
  21. Player programs. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved on 2010-09-17.
  22. Glencross Invitational. Glencross Invitational. Retrieved on 2010-09-17.
  23. First annual Glencross Invitational tops $100k (PDF). Calgary Crime Stoppers (2009-07-29). Retrieved on 2010-09-17.

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