Sunday, August 19, 2001

Fred Glover passes away

 Fred Glover, the second-leading scorer in American Hockey League history and a five-time Calder Cup champion, has died of cancer. He was 73.

 Glover, a native of Toronto, died Thursday in California, a week after he was diagnosed with cancer of the liver, pancreas and lungs, said his daughter, Nancy Nelson of Gridley, Calif.

 Glover played 20 seasons in the AHL from 1948-68 with the Indianapolis Capitals, St. Louis Flyers, and Cleveland Barons, winning Calder Cup championships with the Capitals in 1950 and with the Barons in 1953, '54, '57, and '64. Glover retired as the AHL's all- time leader in games played (1,201), goals (520), assists (814), points (1,334), and penalty minutes (2,402). He currently ranks second in each category.

 Glover still owns the AHL records for career 20-goal seasons (16) and playoff games played (120).

 "Fred was the best in the AHL," said Bill Needham, Glover's teammate for 11 seasons. "He would take a hit to score a goal. Of course, he'd also take a hit to give you a punch. He would never back off."

 Glover signed with the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL in 1948 and was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1952. He was with the St. Louis Flyers of the AHL when he was traded to Cleveland in 1953.

 One of two players ever to win three Les Cunningham Awards as league MVP (1960, '62, '64), Glover also twice won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league's scoring champion (1957, '60). The right wing earned four nods as a First Team AHL All-Star, and two more berths on the Second Team.

 Glover is survived by his wife, daughter, a brother and two grandsons.