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Glen Harmon (January 2, 1921 - March 9, 2007)

Inducted 2008

He was the first NHL player who came from Holland, Manitoba.

Glen Harmon was born there in 1921, and played his first hockey in the Central Plains town before coming to Winnipeg and skating for the East Kildonan Bisons and Gordon Bell High School.

Returning to Western Manitoba, Harmon played for the Brandon Elks before lining up with the Winnipeg Rangers in 1940-41 for his final year of junior hockey. It proved to be a good year, as the Rangers, with Harmon and Doug Baldwin on the blueline and led by their top line of Les Hickey, Bill Robinson and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame member Sam Fabro, went on to defeat the powerful Saskatoon Quakers in a seven-game western final. Rangers then downed the eastern representative Montreal Royals in a best-of-five series, to win the Canadian junior championship and the Memorial Cup. A mobile blueliner, Harmon scored five goals during the season and chipped in eight more in the play-offs.

In 1942-43, the Montreal Canadiens brought Harmon up to the big club for half the season. He played well enough to finish second in the voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the top NHL rookie.

Harmon went on to play nine seasons with the Habs, winning Stanley Cups in 1943-44 and 1945-46. He was named to the second all-star team in 1945 and 1949. Playing 452 games for the Canadiens, he scored a respectable 50 goals in an era when defencemen weren't expected to do much scoring. Until 1957, he still ranked fourth in all-time goals by a Canadiens' blueliner. One writer called Harmon "the quietest superstar."

Harmon's last NHL season was 1950-51, and he then played four more years with the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. After retiring, he sold cars for GM for 31 years and one year was the top salesman in Canada. He died in March 2007. Already a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Glen Harmon now enters the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

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