Former Flyer Tim Gleason On Tryout With Carolina – by C. Scott Holland
After spending 11 seasons with several NHL teams, former Leamington Jr. B Flyer and Windsor OHL Spitfire, Tim Gleason, is an unsigned NHL free agent. Currently, he is on a professional tryout with the Carolina Hurricane – a team with which he played nine NHL regular seasons.
The 32 year-old Clawson, Michigan native was with the Leamington Flyers for the 1998/99 campaign and played in 52 games collecting five goals and 26 assists along with 76 penalty minutes. The rugged defenseman was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires and played four seasons in Windsor before being drafted 23rd overall (first round) by the Ottawa Senators.
However Gleason was traded to the L.A. Kings and made his NHL debut in 2003/04. Last season he had resigned with Carolina but was traded to the Washington Capitals. He had finished the season playing 55 games with Carolina and another 17 for Washington.
The 6′ tall, 217 lbs. rearguard said, ” I wouldn’t be here (at the Carolina tryout) if I didn’t believe I could do it. They’re (Carolina) giving me an opportunity and I’m going to make the best of it.”
He had played 546 of his 727 career NHL games with Carolina over the course of nine seasons. Carolina is in dire need of an experienced defenseman having lost the services of defensemen James Wisnieski to a season-ending knee injury and also has defenseman Ryan Murphy out with knee problems.
During his NHL career Gleason has notched 17 goals and added 125 helpers and had 701 penalty minutes.
Twice he has played with Team USA Men’s Hockey squad in the Olympics (2007/08 and 2009/10). If all goes well for the former Flyer, he’ll be continuing his NHL career by playing for Carolina again.
Everyone in the GOJHL, the town of Leamington and his hometown of Clawson, Michigan wishes him the best.
(photo credit – USA Today)
C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan.
He can be reached at: email@example.com