Thursday, April 7, 2011

Glenn “Chico” Resch

Inducted into the Sask. Sports Hall of Fame

– Athlete – Hockey

Glenn "Chico" Resch was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but he moved to Regina during his youth. Coached by his father Joe, he was a member of the Regina Pats team that won bantam, midget and juvenile city and provincial championships in the mid-1960's. Resch played community hockey in the city before moving on to the junior rans in 1966. As a student at Scott Collegiate, he also played high scholl football and baseball.

Following his junior hockey career, he moved on the the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a goaltender with the Bulldogs hcoeky team from 1968-1971. From there Resch embarked on his professional hockey career with stops in the International Hockey League IIHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and Central Hockey League (CHL) before landing in the National Hockey League (NHL). (Photo: HHOF- #000118-0184)

Resch made the jump from the minor leagues to the NHL with the New York Islanders on a full-time basis in 1974. He quickly enjoyed success in the league and was twice selected a second-team-all-star. After trailing the Pitsburgh Penguins 3-0 in a seven game play-off series in 1975, Resch became one of only two goalies in the NHL history to lead his team back to victory in seven games. The highlight of his career was backstopping the Islanders to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1980 before being traded to the Colorado Rockies on March 10, 1981. He moved with the team to New Jersey in June 1982 with it was renamed the New Jersey Devils. Resch finished his career with the Philadelphia Flyers following the 1987 season. In 571 games, Resch recorded 26 shutouts and posted a goals-against average of 3.27. His 231 wins placed him 35th among goalies for victories during a career.

In addition to his NHL duties, Resch suited up for Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup. He also represented the United States at the World Hockey Championships in 1981 and the Canada Cup in 1984.

Resch took home several honours in his first year of professional hockey with the IHL's Muskegon Hohawks in 1972. In addition to receiving the James Norris memorial Trophy for allowing the fewest goals, he was named rookie of the year and was selected a first-team all-star. He also won the most valuable player award in the CHL and was selected a first-team all-star. In 1982 he received the Bill Masterson Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 1976, 1977 and 1984, Resch was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game.

After retiring as a player, Resch stayed active in the game as a goal tending coach with Philadelphia, as well as a coach and scout with the Ottawa Senators. He also spent a year as a coach of the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans after serving as an analyst for television broadcasts of Minnesota North Stars hockey games. Currently Resch is a television colour analyst for New Jersey Devils games with Fox Sports.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame - 2007.