In anticipation of his return, even more photos of Tanner Glass fighting bears

Tanner Glass gets tackled by a bear. He was okay, don’t worry.

Obviously, our fondness for Tanner Glass has little to do with his offensive output. The Saskatchewan-born winger put up only 7 goals and 22 points over his two seasons in Vancouver, and routinely drew our ire when deployed on the third line. But, he was and is one of our favourite Canucks ever because, between his excellent opinions on community outreach, board games, and appropriate on-ice trash talk, Glass is simply one of the NHL’s best people.

Since joining the Winnipeg Jets, Glass has even proved himself as a third-liner, forming a formidable checking trio with Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn. He’s established career-highs in goals and points (although, at only 5 and 14, respectively, he’s still more of a natural checker). But that’s not all Glass has been up to. As it turns out, Winnipeg is just crawling with bears.

PITB has previously featured Glass fighting bears here, here, and here (and one time someone made a sign). With the Jets in town on Thursday night, I thought we’d look at one more collection of ursine pugilism from Canada’s best bare-knuckle bear boxer.

This bear’s got Glass right where he wants him: hunched over and susceptible to kidney punches. Clearly, he’s feeding off the energy of his bear friends. But he’s left his groin exposed. Will Glass play dirty? He’d do it to you, Tanner!

Glass is more than holding his own against this bear, though. The bear’s friend look downright shocked. Also, the bear in the back appears to be sizing up Jeff Woywitka.

Glass is getting in a good solid right hook on the one bear, but I’m not so sure he has the stamina for that next one. I mean, two bears in one period? That’s Shawn Thornton territory.

I’d say Glass is in trouble here. Thank God he kept his helmet on.

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13 comments

  1. Gadsby
    March 7, 2012

    Tanner Glass has a “bears are gross” sign.

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    • Gadsby
      March 7, 2012

      I’m also pretty sure that bears weren’t from the Cretaceous Period.

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  2. TheWellwoods
    March 7, 2012

    I call shenanigans. In Manitoba, bears are white.

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  3. annie
    March 7, 2012

    Why are bears so weird-looking? Why is Tanner so great? Why does this text box show everything in italics, and in a different font from the font posted comments show up in?

    Seriously and honestly: if I were in Vancouver tomorrow, I’d be hanging around outside hotels with my Scrabble Champ tshirt, hoping for an autograph. I’ve never wanted an autograph in my life*, but I want Tanner Glass’s. That’s not weird, right? He’s been one of my favourite people in the league for a few years, but his comments on You Can Play have pushed him straight to the top of the list. Jersey time? I think it might be jersey time.

    * i think i wanted Mickey Mouse’s autograph when i was five but i also don’t think that counts.

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    • sarah
      March 7, 2012

      If I could be friends with anyone in the NHL it would be Tanner Glass. Not even kidding.

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      • Chicky
        March 8, 2012

        I would too. Given that he’s now in my home town, I’m willing to overlook the truck washing incident.

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      • annie
        March 8, 2012

        He would be an excellent BFF, I expect. I mean, he likes the Weakerthans! That’s basically all I ask for in a friend, outside of hockey interest.

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  4. Nee
    March 7, 2012

    I missed this feature. Oh the nostalgia. And I miss Glass. He was a fantastic character guy. And I’, glad things are working out well for him. He’s a cool dude.

    If someone doesn’t come to the game tomorrow with a bear sign, or a bear costume, I don’t know you Vancouver.

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  5. BobTheBuilder
    March 7, 2012

    Why is nobody saving the poor man.

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  6. Brent
    March 7, 2012

    So in the picture at the top of the article are we sure it is a fight? Looks like that bear is making love to Tanner!

    Is that what you call a frienemy?

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  7. Chazz Ranger
    March 8, 2012

    My brush with the greatness that is TG is a sad tale indeed. I was working at Steve Nash Sports Club last July 1st when he and his gf came in for a morning workout, and I got to chat with him briefly about the amazing season and post-season the team just had. Knowing his UFA situation I begged like a fanboy, “PLEASE tell me you’re staying in Vancouver.” He stated, as was common knowledge, that yes, he wanted to return to the Canucks… then he flashed his cellphone and said, “We’ll see!”
    Sure enough, about 15 mins later he quickly left the gym, talking on his phone. Later in the day, I saw the news on SportsNet: Tanner Glass signs one-year deal with WPG. And I said out loud NOOOOOOOOOO WHY TANNER WHY

    Oh I just made myself sad :(

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  8. obituary mambo
    March 8, 2012

    “I mean, two bears in one period? That’s Shawn Thornton territory.” Ha! I can hear it now.

    “This one time in Boston I fought 2 different bears in one period and one of them was the reincarnation of Derek Boogaard! Then, a group of their weak friends (I’m pretty sure there were 7 of them) attacked me and I fought every single one of them at the same time! One of the cowardly bastards even punched me in the back of the head, but I was having none of it! Finally, I still had some energy left in me and challenged a third bear to a fight even though it was clear that he was sizing up another target. No worries though; I painted a picture of him as utterly spineless for the gullible Boston media and he rued the day. I tell ya he rued it!”

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