Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Glennie Closes In on Career Milestone

Scott Glennie is closing in on a milestone.

The fourth-year centre enters Wednesday's home game against the Kootenay Ice just three points shy of 300 for his career

Glennie is poised to become the first Wheat King to hit that mark since Marty Murray did on November 4, 1994 and the Dallas Stars' first round pick was very reflective as I chatted with him after practice on Tuesday.

"It shows that I got a lot of opportunity, played with a lot of good players, and had four pretty good seasons in Brandon," says Glennie, "It's been fun, it's been a pretty long four years but to get 300 points would be great."

Glennie burst onto the scene along with his 'Baby Blue' linemates Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert in 2007-2008, recording 26 goals and 58 points in 61 games after being Brandon's second round pick, 29th overall, in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft.

That threesome played together for much of the next two seasons, terrorizing WHL opponents with Glennie scoring 70 points in 55 games in '08-09 and 89 points a year ago.

With Calvert having graduated and Schenn having moved on, first to the NHL early this season and then to Saskatoon at the WHL trade deadline, Glennie has adjusted well to being 'the guy' on the Wheat Kings while also moving to the centre position on a full-time basis.

The 6-foot-2, 192 pound Glennie has made those adjustments and matured this season, notching 32 goals and 80 points in 62 games.

"I think it's been the biggest growing stage of my career. I got an A, it's my last year of junior and you look at it in a different way," said Glennie, "You have to come out here and, for me, be counted on to produce as much as I can. It's been a really fun year. I know we've had an up-and-down year but lately our team has been playing great and it's been really fun."

Glennie's is certainly saving his best for last, scoring 18 goals and 37 points in 24 games since January 1st.

For now, Glennie is looking forward to the final eight games of the regular season and the WHL playoffs but, as I mentioned earlier, he's also spent some time reflecting back on his time in Brandon.

"You think back, every guy says that Junior goes by pretty quick and, when you're there, enjoy the time you have because a lot of guys say it's the funnest time of your hockey career."

Chaff...there was a unexpected player practicing with the Wheat Kings Tuesday. Defenceman Ryley Miller took part despite the club saying Monday that he would sidelined indefinitely with an injury to his left hand. By the way Miller handled and passed the puck Tuesday, it looks like his return will be sooner rather than later...former Wheat Kings' assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe picked up his first WHL coaching victory on Tuesday. Vandenberghe, who joined the Warriors as an assistant once his term with Brandon was done, ran the bench in Moose Jaw's 5-3 win over Regina. Warriors' head coach Dave Hunchak was unable to answer the call Tuesday because of illness...Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon was named Most Quoteable Coach in a poll of WHL Broadcasters. You can check that out, plus other tidbits, at http://reganbartel.blogspot.com/

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