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Jets enforcer Tanner Glass recalls Ivy League days

Tanner Glass takes part in Vancouver Canucks practice on June 2, 2011. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

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Sometimes when he drops the gloves in a hockey game, Winnipeg Jets forward Tanner Glass wonders what his former colleagues at Dartmouth College are up to. The small Ivy League college is known more for producing poet Robert Frost, industrialist Nelson Rockefeller and three Nobel Prize winners, and not a rugged NHL hockey player whose fights are rated on popular hockey websites.

"Yeah I get the odd message from those guys, they like it," Glass said today after practice. "Everybody loves a good fight, I think."

Glass, 27, signed a one year contract with the Jets this summer worth $750,000. A Regina native, he spent four years at Dartmouth before starting his NHL career in 2007 with the Florida Panthers.

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Glass said he turns down many "staged fights" and looks back fondly to the days when "you used to have to kind of think up a good excuse [to fight]. But now tough players are eager to gain playing time and win favour from coaches so they simply ask for a fight. "If they haven't fought in five or 10 games I think guys try to get their fights in," he said.

He added those types of fights are becoming less frequent, partly because many of the so called fighters are actually decent players. "They are not just hopping in with the one objective in mind, " he said.

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Paul Waldie has been an award-winning journalist with The Globe and Mail for more than 10 years. He has won three National Newspaper Awards for business coverage and been nominated for a Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism. He has also won a Sports Media Canada award for sports writing and authored a best-selling biography of the McCain family. More

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