Sidney Crosby. Ryan Getzlaf. Patrice Bergeron. And Jeff Glass. “I was 19, and I was ready to make the NHL and play a long career,” said Glass, a rare name off that famous Canadian roster from the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships that isn’t a household name in Canada. “After all these years I’m more than ready. But at 19? I was ready to take on the world, and I had a lot to learn still.” Shea Weber. Mike Richards. Andrew Ladd. Jeff Glass. It was a lockout year. The team widely recognized as the best ever iced by Canada at a World Juniors. They cleaned up in Grand Forks, N.D., then walked into the National Hockey League, almost en masse. “It’s been a long road, but I’ve learned a lot along the way,” Glass said. “I’ve really enjoyed the path. It’s been different than most.” Dion Phaneuf. Jeff Carter. Brent Seabrook. Glass. Finally, like all those World Junior teammates, Glass can call himself an NHL player. Just a few days after the passing of NHL legend Johnny Bower, who established himself as a Maple Leafs starter at the tender age of 33, Glass made his NHL debut at age 32, beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime.
Jeff Glass finally joins his famous 2005 WJC teammates in the NHL
Sportsnet | Dec 30