Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Glenn Resch
A fan favourite wherever he played, Chico Resch got his career rolling at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. During his four years on campus, he earned a degree in education while tending goal for the Bulldogs.

He then turned pro with the Muskegon Mohawks of the IHL. There he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for allowing the fewest goals, won rookie of the year honours, and was selected as a First-Team All-Star in 1972.

The following year, he stepped up to play for the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL for a season and then joined the New York Islanders organization where he spent most of 1973-74 with the Fort Worth Wings of the CHL. He took MVP honours and was voted a CHL First-Team All-Star.

With nothing left to accomplish in the minors, Resch stepped into a role as backup goalie for the Islanders. After one season on the pine, he stepped forward to assume front-line status, winning far more games than he lost while maintaining a strong goals-against average. During his seven-plus seasons on Long Island, he was twice selected as a second-team all-star.

Resch reached the height of his success by playing an instrumental role in helping his team take their first-ever Stanley Cup in 1979-80. But with the arrival of Billy Smith, the Islanders traded Resch to the struggling Colorado Rockies in 1981.

Resch put up a brave front between the pipes and was rewarded with the Bill Masterton Trophy as the player who best exemplified the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey in 1982. He then made the transfer to New Jersey along with the rest of the former Rockies where he played parts of four more seasons. Afterwards, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers where he played only 25 games before hanging up his pads for good in 1986.

Since his retirement from hockey, Resch has worked as a goaltending coach, a scout, the general manager and coach of the WHL's Tri-City Americans and as a colour analyst for the North Stars and Devils.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1966-67 Regina Pats SJHL 5 0 3.40 6 2 4 0 0 4.33
1967-68 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA
1968-69 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 24 5 19 0 0 4.93
1969-70 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 25 12 12 1 1 3.88
1970-71 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 26 11 14 1 0 4.23
1971-72 Muskegon Mohawks IHL 59 4 3.09 11 0 2.82
1972-73 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 43 0 4.13
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.00
1973-74 Fort Worth Wings CHL 55 24 20 11 2 3.18 5 1 4 0 0 3.60
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 25 12 7 5 3 2.47 12 8 4 1 2.17
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 44 23 11 8 7 2.07 7 3 3 0 3.03
1976-77 Canada Can-Cup
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 46 26 13 6 4 2.28 3 1 1 0 2.08
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 45 28 9 7 3 2.55 7 3 4 0 2.32
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 43 26 7 10 2 2.50 5 2 3 1 2.20
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 45 23 14 6 3 3.04 4 0 2 0 4.50
1980-81 New York Islanders NHL 32 18 7 5 3 3.07
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 8 2 4 2 0 3.74
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 61 16 31 11 0 4.03
1981-82 United States WEC-A 4 0 4 0 0 5.27
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 15 35 12 0 3.98
1983-84 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 9 31 3 1 4.18
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 2 0 1 1 0 5.00
1984-85 New Jersey Devils NHL 51 15 27 5 0 4.16
1985-86 New Jersey Devils NHL 31 10 20 0 0 4.27
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 1 2 0 0 3.21 1 0 0 0 8.57
1986-87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 6 5 2 0 2.91 2 0 0 0 1.67
NHL Totals 571 231 224 82 26 3.27 41 17 17 2 2.49


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1971)
IHL First All-Star Team (1972)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against - IHL) (1972)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1972)
CHL First All-Star Team (1974)
Most Valuable Player - CHL (1974)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1976, 1979)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1982) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1977, 1984)
Traded to NY Islanders by Montreal with Denis DeJordy, Alex Campbell and future considerations (Germain Gagnon, June 26, 1972) for cash and NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (Glenn Goldup) in 1973 Amateur Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to Colorado by NY Islanders with Steve Tambellini for Mike McEwen and Jari Kaarela, March 10, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Philadelphia by New Jersey for Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Marc Laniel) in 1986 Entry Draft, March 11, 1986.