Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Glen Hanlon
Vancouver drafted Glen Hanlon in the 1977 Entry draft, and although he did don the Canucks sweater four times during the '77-'78 season, he made his mark that year in the CHL. He played fifty-three games for the Tulsa Oilers, earning CHL Rookie of the Year honours, and was named to the First All-Star team. He was considered a contender to repeat as rookie of the year the following season, this time in the NHL, but a knee injury sidelined the young goaltender for several months and he played only thirty-one games for the Canucks.

Hanlon was known as an intense, dedicated player, one who had no trouble getting mentally prepared for a game but equally who had a hard time calming down afterward. So seriously did he take his performance that coaches occasionally had to use their 30-second time out to calm him down after he had let in a goal. In spite of the emotion and hyperactivity, he quickly earned the loyalty of Vancouver fans who considered him "The Franchise." By the time Hanlon was twenty-three, no less exalted a hockey personage than Don Cherry called him "the best goalie in the NHL."

Hanlon played for the Canucks until 1982, but he was plagued by a series of injuries to his knee and shoulder that kept him out of action for long stretches. Although he was a team player in every respect, working hard on his game and volunteering his time generously in the community, he was traded in March 1982. The Canucks management was looking for more scoring power and St. Louis was looking for depth in goal, so Hanlon was sent to the Blues. He left Vancouver with dignity, with nothing but kind words for the Canucks organization and the area press. He maintained his 'team first" attitude in St. Louis, in spite of not getting much ice time. After a short stint with the Blues, Hanlon was traded to the New York Rangers, in January 1983.

The Rangers gave Hanlon more playing time, and he remained a Blueshirt until 1986, when he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. He played the next five seasons with the Red Wings organization. Although Hanlon once stated that he was paid to win games, not just post shutouts, he did lead the league in shutouts during the 1987-88 season. He retired in 1991, but after a year off he returned to the game as a goaltending coach for the Canucks. He stayed in that position until 1999, before moving on to coach the AHL's Portland Pirates. Hanlon coached the Portland for three seasons before replacing Washington Capital head coach, Bruce Cassidy midway through the 2003-004 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1973-74 Brandon Travellers MJHL 20 1 3.63
1974-75 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 43 0 4.22 5 0 6.13
1975-76 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 64 4 3.99 5 0 6.60
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 4 2 1 0 0 3.35
1976-77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 65 4 3.09 16 0 3.48
1977-78 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4 1 2 1 0 2.70
1977-78 Tulsa Oilers CHL 53 25 23 3 3 3.07 2 1 1 0 0 2.50
1978-79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 12 13 5 3 3.10
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 17 29 10 0 3.47 2 0 0 0 3.00
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 5 8 0 1 4.44
1980-81 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 4 3 1 0 1 2.01
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 28 8 14 5 1 3.95
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 1 0 0 6.32 3 0 2 0 4.95
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 3 8 1 0 4.47
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 21 9 10 1 0 3.43 1 0 1 0 5.00
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 50 28 14 4 1 3.51 5 2 3 1 2.53
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 44 14 20 7 0 4.18 3 0 3 0 5.00
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 23 5 12 1 0 3.33 3 0 0 0 4.80
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 10 5 4 1 0 3.27
1985-86 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 5 3 2 0 0 4.73
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 11 16 5 1 3.18 8 5 2 2 1.67
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 22 17 5 4 3.23 8 4 3 1 3.06
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 13 14 8 1 3.56 2 0 1 0 5.38
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 15 18 5 1 4.03
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 19 4 6 3 0 3.20
1990-91 San Diego Gulls IHL 11 6 4 0 0 3.88
NHL Totals 477 167 202 61 13 3.59 35 11 15 4 3.14


WCJHL First All-Star Team (1976, 1977)
WCJHL Goaltender of the Year (1977)
CHL First All-Star Team (1978)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CHL) (1978)
Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver for Rick Heinz, Tony Currie, Jim Nill and St. Louis' 4th round pick (Shawn Kilroy) in 1982 NHL Draft, March 9, 1982. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Vaclav Nedomansky for Andre Dore, January 4, 1983. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 3rd round picks in 1987 (Dennis Holland) and 1988 (Guy Dupuis) NHL Drafts for Kelly Kisio, Lane Lambert, Jim Leavins and Detroit's 5th round pick (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Benoit Lebeau) in 1988 NHL Draft, July 29, 1986.
Served as Vancouver's Goaltending Coach, 1992-1999.
Named Assistant Coach by Washington, July 15, 2002.
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