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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on September 11th, 2017

Glen Frederick Skov - Born January 26, 1931 in Wheatley, Ontario – Died September 10, 2013 in Palm Harbor, Florida was a professional ice Hockey centre.

Skov played his junior Hockey for 3 teams between 1948 and 1950, first with the Windsor Spitfires (actually 3 times) of the OHA, then the Detroit Hettche and the Windsor Ryancretes, both of the IHL. In his final campaign with the Spitfires in 1949-50, he was a scoring machine with 51 goals and 51 assists in only 47 games.

Skov was property of the Detroit Red Wings, the prolific young centreman turned pro with the Omaha Knights of the USHL in 1950. There, he continued to demonstrate his offensive prowess and his ability to play a solid, physical game.

Skov split his first two seasons between Detroit and the Omaha Knights, and from that point on, he remained at the NHL level. His role as a forward, however, underwent a change. In Detroit, the roster was already filled with top-line offensively oriented scorers. To secure his place farther down the ranks, Skov had to play as a two-way centre who made his top priority to neutralize the opposition's number-one centreman. Along with Marty Pavelich and Tony Leswick, he led a terrific trio that specialized in checking opposing scorers and contributed greatly to the rise of the Detroit Red Wings dynasty in the early 1950s. While his line was in charge of smothering the likes of Rocket Richard and Jean Beliveau.

Skov and his Detroit teammates won 3 Stanley Cup championships in 1952, 1954, and 1955.

After the third Cup, Skov was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks, who were last in the NHL, and with no direction or leadership.

Skov later quoted - "I think what we did eventually was instill a good attitude. Let's not be a last place team. Let's make ourselves contenders and work up the ladder."

In 1960, the Hawks traded him to the Montreal Canadiens who wanted him to coach one of their minor-league affiliates. Skov was open to offers but couldn't agree on a salary that satisfied his requirements, and played in only 3 games for the Canadiens. As a result, he retired after spending the bulk of the 1960-61 season with the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens of the EPHL.

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