Inducted 2017

Glenn Stanford was a skilled athlete who enjoyed exceptional success in the sports of soccer and basketball. As a member of the Holy Cross and Memorial University Soccer Teams he was a natural leader who was extremely effective on defense with great passing skills and outstanding offensive abilities. He played a major role in the overall success that Holy Cross achieved in provincial and St. John’s competition and was a valuable member of the 1979, 1983, 1984 and 1985 Holy Cross clubs that won the provincial championships.  His skills proved very valuable for the Holy Cross teams that won the St. John’s championships in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1985.  He was also a very valuable member of the Memorial University Male Varsity Soccer Team in 1979 and 1980. Stanford also excelled at basketball during a twenty-year career overflowing with team and personal achievements making him one of the most outstanding basketball players produced within Newfoundland and Labrador. Due to his great ball handling skills and an impressive knowledge of the game Stanford was able to successfully compete at the University and National levels.  From 1977 to 1980 Stanford was captain of the Memorial University Varsity Basketball Team, winning MVP selections at Provincial and Atlantic tournaments. He was a first team all-star at the Nova Scotia College Tournament and his overall contributions to sport at MUN earned him membership into the University’s Athletic Honours Society.  Stanford was an excellent athlete but he also played the role of coach.  He was assistant coach for the provincial Men’s Basketball Team that competed in the 1981 Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay.  He also coached the Newfoundland and Labrador Junior Men’s Team at the Canadian Championships. With multiple athletic accomplishments, Stanford continued his career moving into Hockey as a high level administrator.  He began his hockey involvement as Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador High School Athletic Federation.  He continued on as Manager of the St. John’s Memorial Stadium and made his way to the American Hockey League. Stanford’s was named top CEO in 2002 and 2012 and he is one of only four people in the 81- year history of the league to earn this honour twice.  Stanford led an extremely successful St. John’s Maple Leafs and St. John’s Ice Caps hockey operations.  His leadership played a major role in the Ice Caps recording 127 consecutive sell-out crowds at Mile One. His abilities in promotion and marketing were recognized as early as 1997 when he received the Ken Mackenzie Award for the AHL Executive with the best promotion in a local market.  He has received many professional honours including the 2005 Thomas Ebight Award for career contributions to the AHL, the 2004 Special Olympics Sports Celebrities Festival National Volunteer of the Year and two other honours in 2004 including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for significant contributions to Canada and the James C. Hendy award from the AHL for Outstanding League Executive Performance.  The manner in which he conducted himself as a General Manager within the American Hockey League with several teams, earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  In 2011 the opportunity to bring an AHL franchise back to St. John’s was up for discussion.  Stanford’s ability and reputation were crucial in negotiations and were a major factor as the Ice Caps came fully prepared for a successful season in St. John’s.  Stanford has been an outstanding Athlete and Sports Administrator. His tremendous performances have been recognized on many occasions for his skill and professionalism.  Stanford is a member of the Provincial Hockey, Basketball and Soccer Hall of Fames as well as the St. John’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  Glenn Stanford has had tremendous success in soccer, basketball and hockey and has made outstanding contributions to sport within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.