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FRED GLOVER
KINGS HEAD COACH 1971-72

All-Time Kings Coaches | Current Kings Coaches

Fred Glover spent just one season as Kings head coach, taking over after GM Larry Regan stepped down as coach on Oct. 30, 1971. Glover, who had started the season as the California Golden Seals head coach and was fired after an 0-2-1 start, posted an 18-42-8 record in 68 games as the Kings head coach. Kings captain Bob Pulford retired and took over as Kings head coach the following season.

Prior to joining the Kings, Glover served as head coach of the Golden Seals from April 1968 until his firing in October of 1971. In 1968-69, his second season as head coach, the Seals improved 22 points in the standings in their most successful season ever, finishing in second place in the West Division with 69 points, being named coach of the year by The Hockey News in 1968-69. The Seals were eliminated, ironically, by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Glover served as head coach for parts of six of the nine seasons the Oakland/California Seals were in existence. He also served as GM and executive vice president of hockey operations with the Oakland/California franchise. His overall career record as a head coach stands at 114-249-61 in 424 games with Oakland/California and Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Glover played 18 years of professional hockey, 15 of them with Cleveland Barons.

He made his professional debut with the USHL's Omaha Knights in 1947–48. The next year he scored 35 goals for the AHL's Indianapolis Capitals and joined the Detroit Red Wings for two playoff games during their drive to the finals. He played seven games in Detroit the next year, then had two more productive years in Indianapolis. In 1950–51 he scored a league-best 48 goals and was named to the league's first all-star team.

In 1951–52, Glover played 54 games for the Detroit Red Wings, where he won a Stanley Cup championship. He then took part in 31 games for the Chicago Blackhawks the following season, the last time he would appear in the NHL as a player, finishing his career with 13-11=24 and 62 PIMs in 92 NHL games.

Beginning in 1953–54, he played 15 straight years in the AHL. Along the way he led the league in scoring twice, was named to the first all-star team four times and the second team twice and led the Cleveland Barons to the Calder Cup in 1954, 1957 and 1964. He retired in 1967-68 as the league’s career leader in games played (1,201), goals (520), assists (814), points (1,334) and penalty minutes (2,402), and although each of those marks has since been eclipsed, he remains one of the AHL’s all-time greats.

Glover played 992 regular-season games in a Cleveland Barons uniform, the most ever by one player for one AHL team. His No. 9 was retired by the club in 1969, and is still honored today by the current Barons franchise.

Following his time with the Kings, Glover rejoined the Golden Seals and coached the team until owner Charles Finley sold the team in February 1974, when Glover resigned.

A Toronto native, Glover passed away on Aug. 16, 2001, at the age of 73 in Hayward, Calif.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1971-72
68
18
42
8
-
44
.324
-
-
-
TOTALS
68
18
42
8
-
44
.324
-
-
-