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Glenn Merkosky (born April 8, 1960 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 66 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, and Detroit Red Wings.

Playing CareerEdit

The Edmonton native starred in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Kelowna Packers in 1977-78. He then split the next two years between the Western Hockey League and the Michigan Tech Huskies. The Hartford Whalers signed Merkosky as a free agent after he notched 49 goals for the Calgary Wranglers in 1979-80.

The young forward was a reliable point producer for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Binghamton Whalers but saw only sporadic action with Hartford. After signing with the New Jersey Devils as a free agent in September 1982, Merkosky played 34 games for his new club. He was eventually returned to the AHL and was a second team all-star after 38 goals for the Maine Mariners in 1984-85.

The Detroit Red Wings signed the crafty pivot in July 1985 and used him in 17 games the following season. He was strictly a farmhand for the club and put up impressive numbers with the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL. In 1986-87, he led the league with 54 goals, was named to the first all-star team, and won the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the league's most sportsmanlike player. He retired in 1991 after scoring 28 goals for Adirondack and winning his second Hunt trophy.

Merkosky played in 66 NHL games as a left wing, including 20 with the Red Wings during the 1985-86 and 1989-90 seasons. He scored a total of 5 goals and 12 assists in the NHL.

Pro ScoutEdit

Glenn Merkosky begins his eighth season as a member of Detroit's scouting staff, and 15th season overall with the organization. His primary responsibility is scouting the American Hockey League and identifying minor league talent for the Red Wings. He also scouts the NHL, evaluating players for the Wings.

During his time with the Wings, Merkosky has served as a head coach and assistant coach for the Adirondack Red Wings, the organization's former minor league affiliate.

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