Glenn Gawdin looks to bring consistency into first year with Anaheim organization

August 22, 2022

By AJ Manderichio/SanDiegoGulls.com

years before Glenn Gawdin thought about signing with the Anaheim Ducks organization, the incredibly popular Mighty Ducks movies made him a fan.

“I’m sure the movies of the era had a lot of reasons why people were Ducks fans, myself included,” he said in a recent phone interview. “I loved movies and had a bunch of Mighty Ducks clothes when I was young. Maybe that was the reason.”

Now, the Richmond, BC native wears the famous masked logo as one of the organization’s newest members. Gawdin joined the Ducks this summer on a two-year contract. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound forward is coming off a stellar 2021-22 season with the Stockton Heat, scoring 15-35=50 points, tied for second in assists and third in assists. points among the team leaders. Both assists and points were career highs for the former St. Louis Blues fourth-round selection. He also added 3-3=6 points in 10 Calder Cup playoff games.

He credits his career year with finding more consistency throughout the season.

“It’s something that I’ve always considered important,” he said. “Definitely in the professional game; night after night to play. Offensively, I think I can contribute. On the contrary, it’s consistency all over the ice – not just points and goals scored, but being good on his side , winning face-offs, winning battles, all the little things that mean so much in professional gaming, things that I’m very proud of in my game and that help me be the player that I am.

Entering free agency for the first time in his career, the 25-year-old felt Anaheim presented the perfect fit.

“It’s obvious now that it’s a younger team in Anaheim with the skills and talent that they have now,” Gawdin said. “They had a pretty good season last year and it showed what they are capable of and the direction the organization is going. It’s something that I obviously want to be a part of in every way I can, whether helping the team win or being one of the young guys that helps them win I knew things playing against them guys and systems but from the outside that would be the biggest thing – l opportunity that might be there.

In addition to his stellar numbers in the American Hockey League, Gawdin also played nine games with the Calgary Flames, earning his first career point and an assist against Ottawa on May 9, 2021. He faced Anaheim once, at the Honda Center on October 18, 2021. .

He particularly remembers Trevor Zegras almost putting the Flames on a highlight reel, saying he’s glad to be on the side of the talented former Gulls player.

“You’d rather have them be your teammates than play against them,” he said. “I played against Anaheim last year with Calgary and Zegras tried the lacrosse move – Michigan – behind the net. If anything, maybe it’s not being on the fact reel highlights if he does that against you. You’d rather be on his team. You know it’s going to be all over the TV.

Following Stockton’s run to the AHL Western Conference Finals, Gawdin is spending his short offseason in his hometown, working with a coach to prepare for the upcoming season ahead of his first training camp with Anaheim. . Between his practice sessions, he hits the links, where he admits his 12 handicap could be improved.

In a few weeks, Gawdin will be able to live out his childhood fandom by sporting the Ducks logo for the first time.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “Playing in San Diego, I know how great the fans are there. I’m sure they’re great in Anaheim too. I’m from Vancouver and I have quite a few friends who are also Ducks fans. organization, on the whole, they are very followed and there is something to celebrate.”

Aubrey L. Morgan