CALGARY, AB -- On Friday evening, the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League will honour alumni Curtis Glencross by retiring his jersey.
"It's great, an honour for me, being one of the first jerseys of the Bandits ever retired," Glencross said of the accolade. "It's the place where I had my start in junior hockey. That's kind of where it all took off. It's nice that the community and the team appreciates you like that.
"It's one of those places that every time, even if you're driving by, you remember the times you had there. I wouldn't change it for anything. I had two great years there in Brooks."
The 28 year-old sports number 20 these days but that wasn't the case during his tenure with the Bandits. Number 17 will be hung in the rafters at the Centennial Regional Arena, a number Glencross chose because of his father.
"I ended up going with 17 when I was in juniors because it was actually my dad's number when he played back in the day," he grinned. "It's kind of neat that the number that my dad wore too is going to be up there."
Looking back on his two years with the team, Glencross has nothing but fond memories of both the team and the town.
"I probably had the two best billets you could ever ask for," he explained. "The organization was good to me. I was a kid coming out Provost, not knowing too much, and got a chance to play Junior A."
Glencross was recruited by the Bandits during the AJHL's expansion in 2000 and immediately provided the club with an offensive punch. In his second year with the team, he netted 42 goals and was amongst the league's top goal scorers.
While he went undrafted, several scouts from the NCAA took notice of Glencross' speed and skill. He was offered a full scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage in 2002 and his career took off from there.
He signed his first professional contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Mar. 25, 2004 and played several seasons in the AHL before establishing himself as a regular in the NHL. He made stops in Anaheim, Columbus and Edmonton before signing with the Flames as a free agent in the summer of 2008.
The pre-game ceremony will be begin 7:00 PM at the Centennial Regional Arena. Glencross will be signing autographs prior to the on-ice presentation, from 6:00-6:45 PM.