Fred Glover (ice hockey)

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Frederick Austin Glover (b. January 5, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario – d. August 16, 2001) was an NHL and AHL player and coach. He was the brother of Howie Glover, who also played in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

Glover played junior hockey in his native Toronto. At age 21, he signed his first professional hockey contract and debuted with the American Hockey League's Indianapolis Capitals, leading his team in scoring as a rookie. In 1950, he won the first of his record five Calder Cup championships, and he received his first NHL recall during the same year. He scored a career high 48 goals in 1951. Glover played 54 games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1951-52, but he was not active during the playoffs as the Wings won the Stanley Cup. Glover was traded to the Cleveland Barons in 1953, and he became the most celebrated player in team history. In fifteen seasons with Cleveland, he won four Calder Cups and three MVP awards. He scored a career high 107 points in 1960. He retired in 1968 as the AHL's career leader in games played (1,201), goals (520), assists (814), points (1,334) and penalty minutes (2,402).[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

Between 1962 and 1968, Glover served a duel role as both star player and head coach. He won his 1964 championship while working in this capacity. He took a job as an NHL bench boss in in 1968 as he joined the Oakland Seals. As a rookie coach, he was honored by The Sporting News as coach of the year, as he led his second year expansion franchise to a 22-point improvement over their initial season. However his performance diminished in each of the next two seasons, and his was fired just three games into the 1971-72 campaign. Just weeks later, he became the first coach to manage two teams in one season, as he joined the Los Angeles Kings and finished out their season after the franchise had fired coach Larry Regan. He returned to the Seals in 1972 as a midseason replacement, coaching the team to a last place finish, before being fired during the next season.[3]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Glover won the Calder Cup five times during his playing career, and he shares the record for most Calder Cups won with Bob Solinger, Les Duff, and Mike Busniuk.[1]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Oakland Seals 1968-69 76 29 36 11 69 2nd in West Lost in Quarter-Finals
Oakland Seals 1969-70 76 22 40 14 58 4th in West Lost in Quarter-Finals
California Golden Seals 1970-71 78 20 53 5 45 7th in West Missed playoffs
California Golden Seals 1971-72 3 0 1 2 (2) 6th in West (fired)
Los Angeles Kings 1971-72 68 18 42 8 (44) 7th in West Missed playoffs
California Golden Seals 1972-73 66 14 39 13 (41) 8th in West Missed playoffs
California Golden Seals 1973-74 57 11 38 8 (30) 8th in West (fired)
Total 424 114 249 61

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Preceded by
Gord Fashoway
Garry Young
Head coach of the Oakland / California Golden Seals
1968-71
1972-74
Succeeded by
Vic Stasiuk
Marshall Johnston
Preceded by
Bill Torrey
Garry Young
General Manager of the Oakland / California Golden Seals
1970-71
1972-74
Succeeded by
Garry Young
Bill McCreary, Sr.
Preceded by
Larry Regan
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1971-72
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford