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Red Wings make an intriguing prospect signing in inking Luke Glendening to AHL-only contract

The Red Wings tend to do this from time to time: via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and, by extension, the Wings, inked outgoing University of Michigan captain Luke Glendening to an AHL-only contract:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed forward and East Grand Rapids native Luke Glendening to a one-year contract. Glendening becomes the first player from Greater Grand Rapids to ever sign with the club.

This spring, Glendening capped off a successful collegiate career at the University of Michigan by tying a career-high with 21 points (10-11—21) in 41 games and reaching new career bests with 10 goals and a plus-18 rating. He signed an amateur tryout with the Providence Bruins at the conclusion of his senior year, skating in three AHL contests to close out the 2011-12 season.

In 165 career games with the Wolverines, Glendening totaled 70 points (31-39—70), a plus-57 rating and 122 penalty minutes, while earning several team and conference honors. After being named an alternate captain as a sophomore, the 23-year-old served as captain in his final two seasons, becoming the eighth player in school history to captain the team for multiple seasons.

As a senior, Glendening captured the CCHA Best Defensive Forward award, beating out Notre Dame’s Riley Sheahan, who appeared in seven late-season contests with Grand Rapids in 2011-12. He also received the team’s Howard Colby Award for sportsmanship in his junior and senior seasons.

Glendening earned a scholarship in each of his four years at Michigan after initially walking onto the team and winning the most improved player award in his first season. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound forward also received the University of Michigan’s Athletic Academic Achievement award and was named a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American as a junior. That same season, he contributed to the Wolverines’ CCHA regular season championship and appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four title game.

A 2007 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, Glendening played hockey, baseball and football for the Pioneers, helping the school win the first of five straight Division 3 football state championships in 2006.

The 23-year-old isn’t overly big at 5’11” and 189 pounds, but he’s got some very solid defensive chops and is a solid all-round player.

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RWBill's avatar

that’s a good pick up to add to the farm system.

Posted by RWBill on 06/19/12 at 01:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t know anything about him and I already like him.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/19/12 at 02:49 PM ET


Wow.  I played hockey against him in High School. Good for him, working up the ladder the hard way.  He’s going to be a big hometown favorite here for the Griffins. I look forward to rooting for him.

Posted by Alex E. on 06/19/12 at 03:14 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This is fantastic news!  I’ve watched him play for Michigan during his entire career there and he is a great player and a great young man.  So happy to have him in the Red Wings’ fold!  Would love to see him make the NHL team someday.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 06/19/12 at 03:24 PM ET

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