2007-08: Luke Glendening spent a post-graduate season skating for the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut after his graduation from Michigan’s East Grand Rapids HS. He was the team’s third-leading scorer — tallying 8 goals with 5 assists in 24 games. Hotchkiss missed the New England Prep School tournament after finishing sixth in the West. Clendening agreed to attend the University of Michigan in 2008-09 as an invited walk-on.
2008-09: Glendening skated in 35 of 41 games for the University of Michigan as a freshman. He scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was +11 with 33 penalty minutes. The Wolverines finished tied for second in the CCHA with Miami and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. After winning 14 of 16 games heading into the CCHA championship game, Michigan fell to Notre Dame, 5-2, and lost to Air Force, 2-0 in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game.
2009-10: Glendening was an assistant captain for Michigan in his sophomore season. In 45 games he scored 7 goals with 14 assists and was +13 with 39 penalty minutes. The Wolverines slipped to seventh in the CCHA but won six straight games in the conference tournament to win the CCHA championship and earn an NCAA tournament bid. Michigan defeated Bemidji State in the NCAA Midwest Regional before falling to Miami, 3-2, in double overtime in the regional championship game.
2010-11: Glendening was a captain for Michigan in his junior season along with leading scorer Carl Hagelin (NYR). One of six Wolverines to play in all 44 games, he scored 8 goals with 10 assists and was +15 with 26 penalty minutes. Michigan finished first in the CCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a surprise loss to Western Michigan in the CCHA semifinals. The Wolverines swept Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado College to capture the NCAA West Regional and defeated North Dakota, 2-0, to reach the Frozen Four championship game; falling 3-2 to Minnesota-Duluth in overtime.
2011-12: Glendening made his pro hockey debut following his senior season at Michigan — skating in three games for the AHL’s Providence Bruins. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his brief time with Providence. Glendening was a captain for Michigan and scored a career-high 10 goals with 11 assists in 41 games. His +18 plus/minus was his best in four seasons of college hockey and he had 24 penalty minutes. The Wolverines finished tied for second place in the CCHA with Western Michigan and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to the Broncos in the CCHA Championship Game. Cornell defeated Michigan, 3-2 in overtime, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
2012-13: Glendening signed an AHL contract with Detroit affiliate Grand Rapids near his hometown in June 2013. Loaned to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleyes at the beginning of the year, he joined the Griffins in December and played 51 regular season games. Glendening scored 8 goals with 18 assists and was +12 with 50 penalty minutes. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship. Glendening played in all 24 playoff games, scoring 6 goals with 10 assists, and was +8 with 30 penalty minutes. In 27 ECHL games with Toledo he scored 14 goals with 7 assists and was +13 with 212 penalty minutes. Glendening, who was invited to the Red Wings’ training camp in January, was signed by Detroit to a one-year contract as a free agent in July, 2013.
Glendening has been lauded for his incredible work ethic for good cause. He was moved to center, a position he had never played, in 2012-13 and evetually excelled for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Glendening plays a very good defensive game for a forward, and though he is not bereft of offensive ability his game is more that of a solid, two-way center.
Though Glendening would love to be called up to the NHL it is not likely, at least for the 2013-14 season. Detroit is already well-stocked at forward, but if Glendening continues to improve in Grand Rapids he could be called up to the NHL. For the 2013-14 season Glendening will be counted on to bring a solid two-way game to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.