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By the Numbers: Luke Glendening

Center's selfless play anchors Detroit's forward corps

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner /

By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings' on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season. Each week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on center Luke Glendening.

A hockey player with a football player's mentality is how Luke Glendening describes his approach to his game and who could blame him?

Along with his younger brother, Joe "The Show," the Glendenings were known for their football prowess on the western side of the state.

As a multi-sport athlete in high school, Luke won the 2006 Division 3 football state championship his senior year at East Grand Rapids High School, where he was a no-nonsense blocking fullback for star running back Kelvin Grady.

It's his football mindset of wanting to get the most out of himself by winning every one-on-one battle coupled with a willingness to do whatever it takes to help his team win that has endeared Glendening to his coaches and teammates.

After high school, he enrolled in an east coast prep school with hopes of receiving enough interest in football or hockey to be offered a scholarship.

But despite being an impressive all-around athlete, the only opportunity he received was an invitation from Michigan's hockey team as a preferred walk-on.

Eventually, his dogged determination earned him a scholarship with the Wolverines, but his leadership skills also came to the forefront.

Glendening was an alternate captain during his sophomore season and captained the maize and blue as a junior and senior, which sums up Luke Glendening.

He is an inspiration, a self-made athlete who sacrifices his body and individual accolades for the betterment of the team.

Currently, Glendening is in the third year of a four-year, $7.2 million deal with a cap hit of $1.8 million per year.

Yet it's not a given he will finish out his contract with the Red Wings.

Glendening's abrasive style and ability to win face-offs could draw interest from contending teams seeking a low-maintenance, high-character guy to solidify their lineup.

78 - His 78 total games played last season was the third-highest single-season total of his six-year career in Detroit. Glendening missed the Red Wings' last four games of the season, nursing an undisclosed nagging injury. During the 2014-15 campaign, he played a full 82-game schedule.

10 - For the third time with the Red Wings, he hit double digits in goals with 10. His highest goal total with Detroit is 12, which he achieved in 2014-15.

13 - Glendening's 13 helpers tied his single-season best. He also notched 13 assists during the 2015-16 season.

23 - Last season, his 23 points was a career high.

15 - Known as a physical player who likes to hit, his 15 penalty minutes were a career low. Seventeen Red Wings were assessed more penalty minutes last season than Glendening.

+2 - Along with Danny DeKeyser and Dylan McIlrath, his plus-2 was second-best on the team. Tyler Bertuzzi led the Wings at plus-11.

15:47 - His ice time average of 15:47 was the highest of his career. Glendening's ice time average in his six seasons in Detroit is 14:14.

102 - Always willing to put his body on the line, Glendening's 102 blocked shots was tops on the Red Wings. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall was second on the Wings with 96 blocked shots, followed by fellow blueliner DeKeyser with 94.

198 - A player who enjoys the physicality of the game, his 198 hits led the Wings. Justin Abdelkader's 185 ranked second and Jonathan Ericsson's 98 hits ranked third on the team.

55.7% - Glendening's face-off winning percentage of 55.7 percent led the Red Wings and ranked 13th overall in the NHL.

50 - On Nov. 28 in a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Little Caesars Arena, Glendening recorded his 50th career assist on Bertuzzi's goal at 11:04 of the second period.

100 - He notched his 100th career point against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-4 loss at Little Caesars Arena on March 14. At 3:43 of the second period, Glendening drew the lone assist on Abdelkader's goal, which gave the Wings a 3-0 lead.

400 - Glendening hit the milestone of 400 NHL games played in Toronto on December 23 in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Leafs. Glendening was held pointless, registered one shot and was minus-3 in 17 minutes of ice time. In 440 games played, all with the Wings, Glendening has 45 goals and 57 assists, for 102 points. He's minus-21 with 429 blocked shots, 867 hits and has been assessed 160 penalty minutes. His career winning face-off percentage is 53.9 percent.

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