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Former Kings draft pick Tom Glavine hasn't left the ice behind

April 21, 2011 |  2:22 pm

GLAVINE Any discussion of the Kings’ atrocious drafting in the bad, old days inevitably raises one topic.

In the fourth round of the 1984 draft they picked a kid named Tom Glavine, five rounds before they got around to selecting a left wing by the name of Luc Robitaille.

That Robitaille kid went on to a Hall of Fame career and Glavine, a high-school hockey player of great note in Massachusetts, turned to baseball. Not a bad decision, though: He won 305 games, two Cy Young awards and was an All-Star 10 times.

He hasn’t forgotten his hockey roots, though, and he’s trying to organize investors who will keep the Thrashers in Atlanta, where Glavine lives and coaches youth hockey.

Once a hockey guy, always a hockey guy.


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Photo: Tom Glavine in 2006. Credit: John Bazemore / AP