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Looking Glass

Tanner Glass becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012.

Friday, 20.04.2012 / 2:59 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Looking Glass

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Tanner Glass is just one among many Jets players to have a career year this season. His five goals and 16 points topped his last year’s numbers of three goals and seven assists with the Vancouver Canucks. He also led the Jets and was among the league leaders in the hits category. He was able to stay healthy for most of the season, until he broke his foot April 3rd, forcing him to miss the final four games of the season.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native has been a year-by-year player for the last couple of seasons first with Vancouver, and now Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg Jets signed Glass  to a one-year contract on July 1, 2011. The calendar year has almost made a full cycle, and he will once again be looking for a new contract come July 1st, 2012.

“I’d like to have a couple-year contract,” said Glass. “I’m getting kind of sick of one year at a time...it makes for a stressful summer. I'd like to get a couple years wherever I am and hopefully it’s here.”

The question is, will he find what he’s looking for here in Winnipeg?

"We haven't talked yet at all, but I anticipate us speaking in the near future here,” he said. “I'd like to be back. I'd like to be here for a few years. I really enjoyed playing here. It's been a first-class organization."

Glass represented the “G” in the well known G-S-T line, made up of Tanner Glass, Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn. The line was originally nicknamed by the staff at IllegalCurve.com and the name stuck around throughout the season. The crowd at the MTS Centre quickly got wind of the nickname and the “G-S-T” chant was added to the in-stand set list. The name was so popular, that even Jets Gear designed and released a G-S-T tee shirt that was sold in Jets Gear stores around the concourse.

“It’s been fun,” Glass said of playing on the line. “It’s not something that you go into a season thinking something like that is going to happen, but it was a cool nickname for a line that, I think I can speak for the other two, we really enjoyed playing on. We get along well off the ice and are pretty good friends. We had a lot of fun playing together this year.”

Playing on the G-S-T line was not the only reason that Glass became a fan-favourite. His sense of humour and outspoken personality, combined with his gritty, hardworking play on the ice was quickly recognized by Jets fans. He was also able to connect with fans through social media on his personal twitter account, which currently has 22,285 followers.

Although Glass said there are too many memorable moments to pinpoint just one, a few that stuck out for him were:

“Opening night was huge, it was a great way to start the year,” said Glass. “The 2-1 win over Boston was a good one for me…I really enjoyed that one. The whole finish to the season…playing so many meaningful games down the stretch was a lot of fun too.”

Now that the season is over? What’s in store for Mr. Glass?

“I think I’m one to look on the bright side and stay in the moment. The fact that were done right now will help for a good healing process and we’ll come back next year hungry and ready to make a long run and go deep into the playoffs.

“I will do a little bit of traveling but not a whole lot, just a lot of relaxing.”

According to Glass’ twitter account, he has just embarked on a month-long vacation to visit India with his wife.

Author: Kristi Hennessy

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5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
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