The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that they have signed winger Curtis Glencross to a three-year entry level contract.
The undrafted Glencross played the 2003-04 season with the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. He was their leading goal scorer and points leader with 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points to go along with 79 penalty minutes in 37 games. He also lead Alaska Anchorage to their first-ever berth in the WCHA’s Final Five tournament at the end of the season. This was an amazing feat after the team only won one game in the 2002-03 season. He was planning on returning to Alaska Anchorage as a junior next season, but he attracted the attention of many teams with his play.
As a freshman in the 2002-03 season, Glencross, now 21, was second on team scoring with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 35 games. He also led the team in shots on goal (83), penalties (26) and penalty minutes (79).
His career college stats stand at 32 goals and 25 assists for 57 points in 72 games with Anchorage Alaska along with 158 penalty minutes.
Prior to his time in Anchorage, Glencross was an MVP for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League scoring 42 goals and 26 assists for a total of 68 points in 2001-02. He was a league all-star and also runner-up in the fastest skater contest at the AJHL All-Star Classic. Glencross was also a member of the AJHL Selects team that competed for the Viking Cup.
A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Glencross plays hard, despite his lean 6’1″, 180-pound size. He’s said to be a punishing checker with a nose for the net and has quite a reputation around the league. He is a determined player and never quits.
This is the second season in a row that Anaheim has signed an unrestricted free agent out of college. In 2003, the Ducks signed Ferris state winger, Chris Kunitz to a two-year entry level contract. Kunitz has seen time in Cincinnati (AHL) and in Anaheim (NHL) this season.
This is also the second player that Anaheim has signed out of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Back in 1999, the Ducks signed netminder Gregg Naumenko, after he had an award winning freshman year.
Glencross is expected to report to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Cincinnati and will probably see some action there to finish off the season. Cincinnati will need to sign him to a try-out contract for the rest of the year, as his pro contract does not begin until the 2004-05 season. He’ll join Anaheim in the fall for training camp.