Based out of the Bloody Circle Arena, the location is classified (Southern ON)
Past yearbooks described GM Rez as “The wild card that doesn’t always get the credit he deserves”. Critics are fast to say “He doesn’t hold players long enough” but his record clearly shows more loyalty than the Flyin’ Pepperalls mustered in their first 7 years in the BBY. Several players have had distinguished part-careers under GM Rez. He used to collect Boston Bruins, but seems to not care for that any more. Patrick Marleau has been the “favoured son” off and on over the past few years. He likes to make trades, and enjoys the long-drawn auction sale better than perhaps any other GM in the BBY. He has an uncanny hockey sense for identifying talent, for example: several GM’s in attendance at the 2010 draft thought it was insane to draft PK Subban “So early” in the 8th overall slot. Looking back in hindsight, most would now rank Subban around 4th of that draft class.
The Guts ‘n’ Glory was an expansion team in 2003 and has always been owned by GM Rez. The team name was rumoured to be from a former GM Kevin quote “It takes guts to achieve BBY glory”. However, GM Rez did not know GM Kevin prior to joining the BBY so reliability of this tale is suspect at best. GM Rez has never attempted to clarify the story behind the naming of his team though.
2003 The Guts ‘n’ Glory mysteriously ended up with a logo featuring Mega Man and his dog Rush. GM Rez never officially supported this logo, but didn’t see fit to replace it for 8 years making it one of the longest-running logos in BBY history when it was retired in 2011.
The current Guts ‘n’ Glory logo is a line drawing of the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, often titled “Bloody Claws” if one is to go searching for it. GM Rez wanted something feral & vicious. Wolverine works great, this particular image probably doesn’t translate well onto a hockey jersey, but there are a lot of options to work with within this “theme” as it were.
|2013 (lockout)||David Legwand||25|
|2005 (lockout)||Ladislav Nagy|
|2013 (lockout)||Eric Staal||22|
|Darryl Sittler||Coach||2003-2009, 2012-present|
|Trish Stratus||Team Doctor||2009-present|
The Arch Enemy
The Guts ‘n’ Glory spawn some of the best long-term rivalries in BBY lore. When asked to identify his rivals GM Rez pointedly names “GM Josh & GM Ben”. Note that most GMs name a team and not a specific person. We love it!
|Draft Year||1st selection and position taken (if known)|
|2003||Chris Higgins (33rd)|
|2004||Patrice Bergeron (10th)|
|2005||Dan Ryder (36th)|
|2006||Mike Sillinger (17th)|
|2007||Maxim Mayorov (21st)|
|2009||Tyler Kennedy (21st)|
|2010||PK Subban (8th)|
|2011||Zach Boychuk (12th)|
|2012||Matt Read (52nd)|
|2013||Calle Jarnkrok (21st)|
|2014||Mark Giordano (9th)|