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By the Numbers: Luke Glendening

Red Wings forward has defied the odds on his path to the NHL

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner /

Luke Glendening's unlikely road to the NHL began when he was discovered by former Michigan assistant coach Billy Powers, while Glendening was a post-graduate student at The Hotchkiss School, a college prep school in Connecticut.

Powers was there to look at one of Glendening's teammates, but it was Glendening that caught Powers' eye and the Grand Rapids native was suddenly back in his home state trying to win a spot on the University of Michigan hockey team.

Eventually, he would earn a scholarship and captained the Wolverines as a junior and senior.

After college, he signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins in June of 2012.

Detroit signed Glendening in July of 2013, to a one-year, two-way contract and he made his Red Wings debut in October of 2013.

Glendening's hard work as a defensive specialist and agitator were rewarded when the Wings signed him to a four-year, $7.2 million deal, which kicks in this season and runs through 2020-21, with a cap hit of $1.8 million.

During 2016-17, Glendening missed the Wings' last seven games when he suffered a fractured left ankle at Carolina on March 27. On June 5, he underwent successful surgery to repair partially torn tendons in his ankle.

His recovery time is estimated to be three to four months; he is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of the regular season.    

3 - In 74 games played, Glendening had three goals, the second lowest of his career; he scored one goal in 56 games during his rookie year of 2013-14.

11 - Glendening had 11 assists, which was the second most of his career. His career high is 13 helpers during the 2015-16 season.

-10 - Glendening's minus-10 was the worst of his career.

150 - With 150 hits in 74 games, Glendening led the team in this category.

62 - Glendening blocked 62 shots, which led the Wings forward corps and ranked fifth overall on the club.

54.04 - Glendening's percentage of face-offs won was 54.04, the second best of his career. He won 54.6 percent of his draws in 2015-16; his career face-off mark is 52.5 percent.

50 - On October 26 against Carolina, Glendening notched career point number 50 when he assisted on Andreas Athanasiou's goal in a 4-2 Red Wings victory.

250 - On December 15, Glendening played in his 250th NHL game, collecting the lone assist on Mike Green's goal in a 4-1 loss to the Kings.

7 - Glendening is king of the outdoor games, having played in seven as a collegian and a professional. Glendening reached his seventh on January 1 in the Centennial Classic in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, the most of any player in hockey history.     

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