Luke Glendening

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Luke Glendening
Born (1989-04-28) April 28, 1989 (age 26)
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Lucas Glendening (born April 28, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]


Luke started out his years of playing hockey in his hometown East Grand Rapids. He played varsity all four years he attended East Grand Rapids High School and was their leading scorer for 2 out of the 4 years. He also spent one year as a post-graduate at The Hotchkiss School. Prior to turning professional, Glendening attended the University of Michigan where he played four seasons (2008—2012) of NCAA college hockey with the Michigan Wolverines.

Glendening was an assistant captain for Michigan in his sophomore season. In 45 games, Glendening recorded seven goals and 14 assists. The Wolverines slipped to seventh in the CCHA but won six straight games in the conference tournament to win the CCHA championship and earn an NCAA tournament bid. Michigan defeated Bemidji State in the NCAA Midwest Regional before falling to Miami, 3–2, in double overtime in the regional final.

Glendening was a captain for Michigan in his junior season, along with Carl Hagelin. Glendening was one of six Wolverines to play in all 44 games, where he recorded eight goals and 10 assists. Michigan finished first in the CCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a surprise loss to Western Michigan in the CCHA semifinals. The Wolverines swept Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado College to capture the NCAA West Regional and defeated North Dakota, 2–0, to reach the Frozen Four championship game; falling 3–2 to Minnesota-Duluth in overtime.

Glendening was again a captain for Michigan in his senior season, and scored a career-high 10 goals and 11 assists in 41 games. The Wolverines finished tied for second place in the CCHA with Western Michigan and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to the Broncos in the CCHA Championship Game. Cornell defeated Michigan, 3–2 in overtime, in the regional semifinals.[1]


On June 19, 2012, the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) signed Glendening as a free agent to a one-year contract.[2] During the 2012–13 season, Glendening played 51 regular-season games in the AHL with the Griffins, and also played 27 games in the ECHL with the Toledo Walleye, where he was selected to play in the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, but could not attend because he was recalled to the AHL.[3] Glendening played 24 post-season games with Grand Rapids, scoring 16 points to help lead the Griffins to their first Calder Cup championship.

On July 5, 2013, the Detroit Red Wings signed Glendening to a one-year, two-way contract.[4] On October 12, 2013, Glendening made his NHL debut in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.[5] On April 5, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings signed Glendening to a three-year contract extension.[6] Glendening scored his first career NHL goal later that night against Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.[7] Glendening set a franchise record among rookie forwards for the most games played without a goal, at 52 games, surpassing Cummy Burton, who played his entire 43-game Detroit career without scoring a goal.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 University of Michigan CCHA 35 6 4 10 33
2009–10 University of Michigan CCHA 45 7 14 21 39
2010–11 University of Michigan CCHA 44 8 10 18 26
2011–12 University of Michigan CCHA 41 10 11 21 24
2011–12 Providence Bruins AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Toledo Walleye ECHL 27 14 7 21 27
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 51 8 18 26 50 24 6 10 16 30
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 18 5 7 12 18
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 1 6 7 22 5 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 12 6 18 34 7 2 1 3 8
NHL totals 138 13 12 25 56 12 3 1 4 8


  1. ^ "Luke Glendening player profile". 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Griffins sign east Grand Rapids native Luke Glendening". Grand Rapids Griffins. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Five debuts give ECHL 520 players to reach NHL". ECHL. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Glendening signs one-year deal with Wings". National Hockey League. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Glendening's hard work gets noticed". National Hockey League. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Red Wings ink center Luke Glendening to three-year contract extension". National Hockey League. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Luke Glendening scores first NHL Goal". Yahoo! Sports. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Red Wings Firsts: Luke Glendening". National Hockey League. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Carl Hagelin
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
Succeeded by
Dane Walters