Glen Wesley Retires…

After 21 seasons and nearly 1500 regular season games, former Portland Winter Hawk Glen Wesley has retired from his playing days with the Carolina Hurricanes.

He isn’t leaving the organization, as he is now the Director of Defenseman Development for the Hurricanes moving forward.

You can read the transcript of his retirement press conference here.

Wesley played 1457 regular season games in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, posting 128 goals, 409 assists for 537 points and 1,045 penalty minutes.

In 169 playoff games, he accumulated 15-38-53 with 141 PIM’s and he captured the Stanley Cup (AP Photo – Ann Heisenfelt) in 2006.

Wesley played for three full seasons in Portland, appearing in 202 games, scoring 49-175-224 with 244 PIM’s.  His 224 points ranks him second all-time in Winter Hawks history for defenseman, trailing only Brandon Smith who put up 232 points while appearing in 290 games.

Known for being a team player and a strong leader, he was looked upon at both levels as a tremendous character player who could be counted on both on the ice and off.

My former broadcast partner Dean Vrooman, coined the phrase “Wesley Whistler” to describe his hard shot from the point in his playing days in Portland.

I would like to congratulate Wesley on a tremendous pro career, and for being such a great example of what is right with this sport.  Watching Carolina won’t be the same without you.

Also, congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings for winning the Stanley Cup last night.  It was a good series and it was great to see Marian Hossa be a dominant force on the big stage.

Will Hossa be a Penguin when 2008-09 starts…only time will tell for the free agent.  

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  1. Your are right, Glen will be missed. He is what was right with this sport.


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