Director of Defensemen Development
Glen Wesley is in his eighth year as the Hurricanes’ director of defensemen development. Wesley officially retired from hockey on June 5, 2008, following a career of more than 20 NHL seasons. As director of defensemen development, Wesley is responsible for working with all defensemen in the Hurricanes system, including drafted players in the Canadian major-junior hockey leagues, ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL).
Originally drafted third overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, Wesley completed his playing career ranked sixth on the NHL’s all-time list of games played by a defenseman, skating in 1,457 total games over 20 seasons with Boston, Hartford, Toronto and Carolina. The Red Deer, Alb., native debuted with Boston straight out of junior hockey in his draft year, and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after earning 37 points (7g, 30a) and leading all rookies with a plus-21 plus/minus rating. Wesley played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1989, and completed his career with 128 goals, 409 assists (537 points) and 1,045 penalty minutes. He appeared in the Stanley Cup Final four times, reaching the championship series with Boston in 1988 and 1990, and with Carolina in 2002 and 2006, capturing the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.
The Hartford Whalers acquired Wesley on Aug. 25, 1994, in exchange for first-round draft picks in 1995 (Kyle McLaren), 1996 (Jonathan Aitken) and 1997 (Sergei Samsonov). Wesley went on to play 13 seasons for the franchise, and, prior to his retirement, he was the only player to have played for the Hurricanes in every season since the team relocated to North Carolina in 1997. He played more games (913) for the Hurricanes franchise than any player in team history other than Ron Francis, and his 728 games played for the Hurricanes are the most by any player in a Carolina uniform. Wesley totaled 227 points (51g, 176a) for the Whalers and Hurricanes, and the Hurricanes officially retired his No. 2 jersey to the rafters on Feb. 17, 2009.
Glen and his wife, Barb, have a daughter, Amanda, and two sons, Josh and Matthew. Josh, a defenseman, was selected by the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Draft.