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When selecting my four training camp goalies I was very careful with the NHL ones. I didn't want to get too caught up in one all-star team selection or Vezina nod, nor did I want to get overly excited about one good sv% season. I wanted long term sustained performance. A career long trend of exceeding the league average in sv% was a must, as was a a long period of maintenance of this average. Also, I am becoming a bigger believer in minutes played in a season, as that does a good job separating a good statistical season by a 40-game 1a goalie and a 55-game starter. all-star and norris recognition of any kind was also a consideration, but was just gravy.

Hanlon, with the 2nd-most games played among all available goalies with 477 (65th all-time), stood head and shoulders above the rest with a career average of 5 sv% points above the average. To find another goalie who averaged above the league average in their career at all, you have to go down to 92nd overall, a guy who played 90 fewer games. And the only goalie with more games


- 1979, was 7th in sv%
- 1980, was 4th in minutes
- 1984, was 5th in sv%, 8th in minutes, 8th in all-star voting
- 1987, was 4th in sv%
- 1988, was 8th in sv%, 9th in Vezina voting
- 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, played 23-44 games at 3-19 points above the league sv% average

Another way to judge his performance, particularly because he's a 1980s goalie and they tended to share the crease rather well, is to look at the performance of the other goalies on his teams at the various stops in his career.

Vancouver, 1978-1982: Hanlon .880, others .879
New York, 1983-1986: Hanlon .887, others .878
Detroit, 1987-1991: Hanlon .884, others .877

So, on average Hanlon's teammate goaltenders were one sv% point below the league average, and he was five points over the average, and six points over them.

Despite a long string of 1st and 2nd round playoff exits, Hanlon was performing quite well, averaging 7 sv% points better than the league playoff average during his career.

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Hanlon made it to Vancouver and the NHL to stay in 1978-79, but after three seasons he was unable to turn around the Canucks fortune. When the Canucks acquired "King" Richard Brodeur, Hanlon was reduced to backup and became expendable.

Late in the 1981-82 season Vancouver traded the still highly respected Hanlon to the St. Louis Blues for Rick Heinz, Tony Currie, Jim Nill and a draft pick. Many so called experts declared it a steal of a deal for the Blues, but the three players who went to Vancouver helped the Canucks in their Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup finals just weeks later.

Hanlon's stay in St. Louis was short as he was second fiddle to Mike Liut. He was traded to NY Rangers with Vaclav Nedmonasky for Andre Dore early in 1983. He spent the next two years as the number one goalie with an average Rangers team. His best season as a pro probably came in 1983-84 when he recorded 28 wins in 50 games while playing behind an injury riddled Rangers squad.

Hanlon fell out of favor in New York during the 1985-86 and actually spent some time in the minor leagues. The Rangers had a couple of hot goaltending prospects in John Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter coming along in their system, so the following year they ended up trading Glen to the Red Wings. For the next 5 years served as a capable keeper who at times was a backup, yet at other times served as the number one guy. He enjoyed a fine 1987-88 season when he recorded 22 wins in 47 games and shared the NHL lead for shutouts with 4.

Hanlon retired at the end of the 1991-92 season. In 1992-93 he returned to Vancouver as a goaltending coach and scout. Before long he was named as a full time assistant coach. This was the start of a long career in coaching, which includes stops on the top of the hockey world (NHL) and the unlikely (national team coach of both Belarus and Slovakia).

Hanlon is of course remembered for one thing more than any other - he is the guy who surrendered Wayne Gretzky's first NHL goal.
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1980-1985 editions
enthusiastic but you wouldn't know it... rarely says a word on gameday to preserve concentration... one of the best young goalies around... a southpaw... has quick glove hand and great stickwork... also a fiery competitor... plays handball to keep reflexes sharp... rose from zero to hero in eyes of rangers fans in one year... jeers turned to cheers... :"Hanlon was red hot", says Devils' coach Tom McVie... made many sensational, seemingly impossible saves... has quick reflexes, agile footwork, uncanny sense of anticipation for location of opposing shots... had a solid season, considering all that was going on in front of him, but a disappointing playoff... calmed down from his intense, injury-filled early days in Vancouver. "I was so out of control that maybe it contributed to my injuries," he said...

Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1988-89
Hanlon has graduated from being a reflex goaltender to a standup one, and that's a big reason for his success the last two seasons. He uses his big body to block the puck, positioning himself well in the net and squaring himself to the puck. When he does this, he's successful.

Once he gets his feet moving is another story. He doesn't have good balance and once he opens up he's going to be on the ice. Glen will lose his balance once he moves his feet, so he often seems unready for the second save, but his innate quickness allows him to somehow recover and get his body in front of the shot. All of this could be avoided if he challenged a little more, as Hanlon is square to the puck from deep in his net instead of from farther out...

e clears rebounds fairly well... weak on his glove side on any shot below the waist, but is good above it... flops immediately on screen shots, but doesn't butterfly his pads... does well at maintaining his concentration within a game, but could improve between games... he has shown in the playoffs that he has his concentration down, so he can be more consistent in the regular season, too... he has always had the ability to make the big save... has always been a tough competitor...used to punish himself mentally when he allowed a goal... now looser in attitude, goals no longer distract him from doing his job... funny, upbeat and positive, a super team guy... teammates enjoy being around him because of his attitude.

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