Carolina Hurricanes’ birthday boy, Tim Gleason, was born on this day in 1983 in Clawson, Michigan. Gleason has an “A” stitched to his sweater and another embedded on his heart. He isn’t one of those charismatic players that smiles often or goofs around at practice, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t a passionate, key player to his organization. The quiet leader is a feisty blueliner that was once quoted as saying his teeth would be grounded to dust if not for the protection of his mouth guard. The quick-tempered Irishman may be known for dropping the gloves, but I wouldn’t label him as a goon or instigator. For example, when the frustrated Boston Bruins were throwing bodies like a bunch of cranky toddlers in an October 19, 2011 game Gleason fought for his teammate’s respect when required and refrained when he knew it no longer benefited the team.
The 6’0” and 217-pound defenseman joined the Canes’ crew on September 29, 2006 in an exchange with the L.A. Kings. The Ottawa Senators originally drafted him in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 23rd overall). Last season, Gleason led Carolina and ranked fifth among NHL defenseman in hits (215). He also led Canes in blocked shots (141) and penalty minutes (85).
#6 won a Silver Medal playing in the 2010 Winter Olympic. He also played for Team USA during the 2008 IIHF World Championships and the 2001 World Juniors.
This season Timmy has played in 51 games and has tallied one goal, 13 assists, 44 penalty minutes, and a +2 rating. Trade rumors have been swirling around the Canes’ alternate captain to the dismay of Caniacs, but until the trade deadlines comes to an end, let’s celebrate Gleason’s fruitful career with some prime Cardiac Cane make-believe gifts.
- Gleason often donates to the RBC Center’s Wounded Warriors suite, so let’s match each of his past and future contributions.
- Cabo is said to be his favorite vacation destination, therefore I will send Timmy and his beautiful family to the tropical paradise at the end of the season for two weeks. All expenses paid of course.
- Gleason has mentioned he wants to own a farm when he retires. Let’s go Matrix style on this gift and plug him up install him with everything he needs on managing a happy (animal cruelty free) farm.
- I’d also like to donated a million dollars to both the ASPCA and Humane Society as that picture of him with the fuzzy homeless puppy is worth that and more.
As always, Cardiac Cane wishes Mr. Gleason a career of health, success, and totally legal, arse-kick’in fights. Happy Birthday Mr. Gleason!
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