Since making his inaugural look simply 175 miles from his hometown, Calgary, Glass has registered a Three-2-1 document and a .910 save share whereas splitting time together with his fellow backup Anton Forsberg.
As so typically occurs in sports activities, Glass owes his luck to a different participant’s misfortune. The Blackhawks’ high goalie, the veteran All-Star Corey Crawford, stays sidelined and on injured reserve with an upper-body harm. The Blackhawks have declined to touch upon Crawford’s harm or a timetable for him to return. Several published reports this week indicated that Crawford might miss the rest of the season, which might hold Glass in a N.H.L. uniform for the foreseeable future.
Since being known as up, Glass has maintained a day-to-day, businesslike method and has averted turning into awe-struck in a room filled with superstars. The Blackhawks (22-17-6) have struggled in ways in which predate their three Stanley Cup championships since 2010. They’re at the moment not in playoff place.
However Glass’s feel-good story has resonated across the N.H.L. and much more so throughout the confines of the Blackhawks’ dressing room, the place stars like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have develop into big-time Glass supporters.
“It’s been fairly cool to have a front-row seat for it,” Kane mentioned.
Glass was taking part in in Canada’s Western Hockey League when the Ottawa Senators drafted him in 2004 with the 89th decide. From there he went to Charlotte of the East Coast Hockey League, then moved to Binghamton of the American Hockey League. In 2009 he signed with Barys Astana in Kazakhstan and headed to the Kontinental Hockey League.
A world away from the N.H.L. rinks he aspired to play on, Glass found a passionate fan base and the chance to develop and develop in a spot he couldn’t even think about residing together with his spouse, Allie. Then his agent talked about the potential of persevering with his profession there. Glass’s Okay.H.L. journey took him to Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Lada Togliatti, Novosibirsk Sibir and Dinamo Minsk.
Glass landed on the Blackhawks’ radar in 2014, when staff officers have been searching for a 3rd goaltender to spherical out their system. Mark Bernard, the Blackhawks’ normal supervisor of minor league affiliations, turned conscious of Glass’s observe document and penchant for laborious work, management and a spotlight to element.
However Glass as a substitute elected to return to the Okay.H.L., the place he would play till 2016, when he determined his greatest path to the N.H.L. would most likely journey by North America, the place his profession had began so a few years earlier than.
Glass obtained a coaching camp invitation from the Toronto Maple Leafs and performed briefly with the membership’s A.H.L. affiliate. Glass later signed with the Blackhawks and was assigned to their A.H.L. staff in Rockford, In poor health., simply 90 minutes outdoors Chicago. Bernard instantly sensed Glass was ready to do no matter was obligatory to achieve the N.H.L.
“He’s a man that had a purpose in thoughts — ‘I’m going to play within the N.H.L.,’” Bernard mentioned.
Glass made 20 begins for Rockford’s IceHogs final season, and one other 18 this season. He had simply returned from a two-day vacation break in Calgary when he acquired phrase the Blackhawks had positioned Crawford on injured reserve.
Glass was instructed to satisfy the staff in Vancouver. Glass first contacted his spouse, who was in Calgary with the couple’s new child daughter, Lucy.
As thrilled as he was, Glass realized he couldn’t enable the promotion to vary his method.
“It’s an enormous deal, however you attempt to keep in mind, I’ve been doing this for a very long time, this isn’t my first 12 months professional by any means,” Glass mentioned. “It’s undoubtedly a step up from the place I had been taking part in, however all of the years in Russia ready me for this.”
Information of Glass’s call-up unfold rapidly. The congratulatory textual content messages and telephone calls poured in from family and friends members, a few of whom, Glass mentioned, had not been in contact for years. As he ready to affix the Blackhawks, the freshly minted N.H.L. rookie couldn’t assist however assume again on all the steps that had introduced him thus far.
“Most guys might need mentioned, ‘Hey, I wish to get an actual job and get on with Plan B,’” Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville mentioned. “That’s a testomony to how aggressive he’s and that dream of taking part in within the N.H.L. has obtained to be a part of it.”
Glass refuses to let the pace of the N.H.L. intimidate him. Identical goes for the stress of taking part in a task in shifting the Blackhawks nearer to a playoff berth. He can not afford to foretell how lengthy he’ll stay whereas Crawford’s subsequent steps are up within the air.
Taking every day because it comes has at all times been a part of Glass’s routine, and so he isn’t about to vary a method that has served him so effectively.
“On the finish of the day,” Glass mentioned, “it’s only a matter of going out and stopping hockey pucks.”