Glover is building around a goaltending team that stood up well amid the disasters of last year. Diminutive Charlie Hodge completed the season with a 2.86 average for 58 games, and he will again be backed up by Gary Smith, a 24-year-old with promise.
Defenseman Bert Marshall is big enough and is skilled at blocking shots. Glover would like to pair him with Doug Roberts, the native American 200-pounder, provided Roberts can make the conversion from his normal position, right wing. Bryan Watson and Carol Vadnais, both acquired from Montreal, provide a swift, agile, defense shift.
Last year the Seals' 153-goal attack was the worst in either division, but Glover does have one good forward line and another seems to be in the making. Ted Hampson, scorer of 54 points last season, will center Billy Hicke and Gary Jarrett, who scored 39 goals between them, on the No. 1 unit.
As an AHL player-coach Glover was almost always among the league leaders in goals and penalties. His first NHL team, anxious to reflect Glover's aggressive personality, will be scrappy and colorful—quite possibly aggressive enough to win a playoff spot.