After nine seasons and 507 games in the National Hockey League, free agent forward Curtis Glencross told TSN on Tuesday he plans to hang up the skates and retire.
Glencross came to the realization that it’s time to step away after unsuccessful tryouts with Toronto and Colorado during the preseason. He signed a Professional Tryout Offer (PTO) with the Maple Leafs Sept. 9 but was released on Sept. 27. The following day he signed a PTO with the Avalanche but was let go Oct. 5.
Glencross started his career with Anaheim in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. He played the bulk of the 2006-07 season in the AHL with Portland and Syracuse. He scored his first goal in his first game with the Ducks Jan 13, 2007. He would go on to play two games with the Ducks and seven games with Columbus that season.
“We have weighed our options and with the young family, I’m enjoying a lot of firsts with them,” Curtis Glencross said Tuesday.
He didn’t last long with the Blue Jackets, only appearing in 36 games in 2007-08 before joining the Edmonton Oilers for a 26-game stint. It was the following season where he found a home for six and a half seasons in Calgary. He joined the Flames in 2008 and played in 67 or more games in each of his first four seasons.
He had his best career season in 2011-12 when he scored 26 goals and 48 points. On the flipside that was his worse season in plus-minus, with a -13 rating. He had a career-best eight power play goals that season, nearly one-third of his career total of 25. He never had more than three in any other season during his career.
He was traded to the Capitals at the 2015 trade deadline and played in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time this spring. He scored his only postseason goal in 10 playoff games in Washington.
He finishes his career with 134 goals and 275 points during the regular season. His playoff totals were one goal and four points in 16 playoff games with the Flames and Capitals.