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Position Centre
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
193 lb (88 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay Lightning
Atlanta Thrashers
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born June 25 1974 (1974-06-25) (age 35),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft undrafted
Pro Career 1995 – present

Glen Metropolit (born June 25 1974 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He plays centre for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Early Years

Metropolit started out playing for the Nashville Knights in the ECHL in the 1995–96 season. He also played for the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Grand Rapids Griffins before making his NHL debut in 1999–2000 for the Washington Capitals. For the next three seasons, he alternated between the Capitals and the AHL's Portland Pirates, and also played two games for Tampa Bay in 2001–02.

Overseas

In 2003 Metropolit crossed the Atlantic to play in Helsinki with Jokerit for the 2003–04 season. In a brilliant first season, he scored the most points on the team, 50, with 15 goals and 35 assists, the fifth-highest total during the regular season. He scored six goals during seven playoff games that year, but Jokerit were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In the 2004–05 season Metropolit and Marko Jantunen were the team's best goal scorers during the regular season, both scoring 16 goals, and Metropolit scored the most points on the team with 31 assists, totalling 47 points; the eighth-highest total in the league. In the playoffs he scored five goals and six assists, including a 3-on-5 shorthanded goal against Ilves's Vesa Toskala in the quarterfinals. The team went on to win the silver medal.

Metropolit became a very popular player with the Jokerit fans, who had a number of chants dedicated to him. He is remembered as a gifted playmaker, with one of his favorite spots, on the outside of the left faceoff circle in the offensive zone, being called "Metro's office" by TV commentators and fans, in honor of Wayne Gretzky's "office" behind the goal. He and Marko Jantunen formed a memorable duo on the penalty kill, scoring several short-handed goals. His player number in Jokerit was #50.

After two years with Jokerit, Metropolit moved to Switzerland where he won the Nationalliga A championship with HC Lugano. He also led the league in scoring during the regular season.

Atlanta/St. Louis/Boston

In 2006, Metropolit returned to North America when he was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers. After limited playing time with Atlanta, Metropolit was dealt near the trade deadline to the St. Louis Blues, along with a package of draft picks, in exchange for Blues centre/wing Keith Tkachuk.

Metropolit became a free agent at the end of the 06–07 NHL season before being invited by the Boston Bruins to the team training camp. On October 3, 2007, he signed with the Bruins. He excelled as a player and he was arguably having his best NHL season with the Bruins.

Philadelphia/Montreal

Metropolit signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent on July 1, 2008. He was placed on waivers and picked up near the trading deadline on February 27, 2009 by the Montreal Canadiens. He has a $1 million contract, good throughout the next season. Bob Gainey, General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, was looking for a depth centreman. He trained with the Philadelphia Flyers on the morning of February 27 before being claimed in the afternoon. Later that night, he played against his former team with the Montreal Canadiens. He scored his first goal with Montreal on March 10 against Dwayne Roloson from the Edmonton Oilers.

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Nashville Knights ECHL 58 30 31 61 62 5 3 8 11 2
1995–96 Atlanta Knights IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 54 35 47 82 45 12 9 16 25 28
1996–97 Quebec Rafales IHL 22 5 4 9 14 5 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 79 20 35 55 90 3 1 1 2 0
1998–99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 77 28 53 81 92
1999–2000 Portland Pirates AHL 48 18 42 60 73 1 1 0 1 0
1999–2000 Washington Capitals NHL 30 6 13 19 4 2 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Portland Pirates AHL 51 25 42 67 73
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 15 1 5 6 10 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Portland Pirates AHL 32 17 22 39 20
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 33 1 16 17 6
2002–03 Portland Pirates AHL 33 7 23 30 23 3 1 1 2 0
2002–03 Washington Capitals NHL 23 2 3 5 6
2003–04 Jokerit SM-l 55 15 35 50 77 7 6 1 7 33
2004–05 Jokerit SM-l 51 16 31 47 42 12 5 6 11 20
2005–06 HC Lugano NLA 44 23 43 66 60 17 9 17 26 8
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 57 12 16 28 20
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 2 3 5 14
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 82 11 22 33 36 7 1 0 1 4
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 55 4 10 14 15
NHL totals 317 39 88 127 111 10 1 0 1 6
AHL totals 164 67 129 196 189 4 2 1 3 0

International play

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 6
Senior Int'l Totals 9 0 2 2 6

External links

  • ESPN.com
  • Glen Metropolit's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

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