Former Maple Leafs Brian Glennie Dies At 73
Former Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Glennie has died at age 73. Glennie, who played 554 of his 572 games with Toronto, wore the blue and white jersey from 1969-78.
The Maple Leafs are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Glennie.
Glennie was named one of the 100 Greatest Maple Leafs of all time and played over 500 games on the blue line in Toronto.
Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/9ze3Lt1uO1
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 7, 2020
Glennie, who was never the biggest goal scorer on the ice, was known for his hip checks, providing a physical presence that gave offensive-minded players the chance to put up big points.
Glennie was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1978 and played 18 games before retiring with Los Angeles due to a back injury.
He won a bronze medal with Canada at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968 and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was named one of the 100 greatest players in Maple Leafs history in 2016.
Glennie was easy to spot, with his mop of curly hair stuck underneath a helmet that looked like a bowling ball.
There was no immediate word on the cause of death, although his health had been declining. Funeral arrangements are pending.