Glenn Goldup

This is Glenn Goldup, the son of former NHL forward Hank Goldup.

Born in St. Catharines, Ont., he grew up in suburbs of Toronto. In fact, he grew up playing his youth hockey in the same Humber Valley minor hockey program that produced future NHL teammate Ken Dryden.

Glenn went on to play his junior hockey starring for the Toronto Marlboros and had 42 goals and 53 assists in 54 games in his final season.

"We won the Memorial Cup that year and that was the highlight of my career," he recalled "I think we lost only six or eight games all season. In the past the Marlies always had one strong line and played it to death, but George Armstrong was our coach, and he used all three lines on the power plays and to kill penalties, and it didn't matter if we were down three or four goals going into the final period, we were always confident that we could pull it out."

Goldup played on a line with Wayne Dillon and Mark Howe, which surpassed all the team scoring records previously set by the line of Steve Shutt, Billy Harris and Dave Gardner.

Goldup was a second-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 1973 and spent parts of three seasons with the team while also playing in the minors at Nova Scotia and Fort Worth. He helped Nova Scotia win the Calder Cup as AHL champions in 1976 - one of his proudest moments in his hockey career.

He played 291 games in the 1970s, mostly with the Los Angeles Kings even though he was originally a Montreal Canadiens prospect. Those 70s Montreal teams were very deep and Goldup could not get into the line up regularly. So the Habs traded Goldup and 1978 third-round pick (later traded) to Los Angeles for 1977 third-round pick (Moe Robinson) and 1978 first-round pick (Danny Geoffrion) in 1976.

"Playing in Los Angeles was a distraction at first," he said. "But once I got over all the hype I found it was a great situation because I didn't have to wear an overcoat and I didn't have to start my car 10 minutes early because of the cold."

Goldup retired from pro hockey in 1983. In 291 NHL games he scored 52 goals and 67 assists for 119 points. He retired and moved back to Toronto. He sold cars initially but later found success as an account executive for sports radio station Fan 590.


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