Luke Glendening prepares for emotional homecoming against the Red Wings

Luke Glendening prepares for emotional homecoming against the Red Wings ...

Luke Glendening will ride through the Little Caesars Arena tonight to go to the visitors room.

The 32-year-old center for the Dallas Stars will be a big success for the franchise.

I think Id be lying if I said its just another game, Glendening said. To be back at the rink and back in this city is something thats always going to be special to me. It means a lot to me, the city, the people, the fans, but Id be lying if I said there werent a lot of emotions.

I grew up a Red Wing fan, that's always going to be a part of me. The organization has always treated me so well and gave me a chance to live out my dream, so that will always have a special place in my heart.

The Red Wings offered the native and former captain of Grand Rapids University of Michigan an extension, but it wasnt as good as the Red Wings.

I love the people in Detroit, but it was like it was time to do something different, said Glendening. I have the utmost respect for the organization, the city, the fans, and the people in the city. It's been a good change for me.

Glendening is doing exactly the same thing as in Detroit check, kill penalties, win face-offs, and provide energy. He has five goals and three assists in 37 games, leads the team's forwards in shorthanded ice time, and is among the NHL's top-performing players in face-off percentage (58.8 percent).

Glendening, the Stars' coach, claims to have been "everything he was billed as." Glendening has been "alively impressed."

Bowness says he is a great teammate, a hard worker and a great penalty killer. He simply shows up every day, works as hard as he can in a game, gives you everything he can every night, and just puts it on the table for you.

Hes a guy who is very good about his attitude in the league, especially from his teammates and the coaching staff. He was a great addition to our team.

Jeff Blashill, who coached Glendening for two seasons with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins and six games in Detroit, is a "gallery hockey player."

He does all the things it takes to win hockey games winning puck battles, and that starts with winning the face-off. Very, very good defensively, Blashill said. You probably dont get enough credit for what he creates offensively in terms of on the forecheck and at the net.

"He's a great person, but his winning character from a hockey standpoint is outstanding," says Luke. "He's a great person, but his work ethic is remarkable, and he drags people into the weight room."

Glendening shares his experiences with the organization in the same way.

Glendening said: Those are all moments I'll never forget.

And when we were in the playoffs, the atmosphere at Joe Louis was something special.


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