Master of hip checks and former Maple Leaf Glennie passes away

Our condolences to his friends, fans and family.

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Longtime Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Glennie passed away, the club’s alumni association announced on Friday.

Glennie, who was famed for his use of thundering hip checks, was 73 years old. 

Glennie captained the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association to the 1967 Memorial Cup title.

Glennie played 572 games in the NHL over 10 seasons, nine with the Maple Leafs. He played 18 games in 1978-79 to end his career with the Los Angeles Kings. He hung up the skates after recording a total of 14 goals and 100 assists.

The blue liner, who was also nicknamed “Blunt,” was a member of Canada’s 1972 Summit Series roster. He however did not take part into any games against the USSR, having only appeared in warm-up games against Sweden and Czechoslovakia.

Blunt was inducted into the Canada’sSports Hall of Fame in 2005. He will be missed and we wish all of his family and friends our sincerest condolences.