VANCOUVER - On the ice, Tanner Glass is never one to back down from a challenge.
Off it, well, the Canucks forward needed a little convincing to go toe-to-toe with blogger Harrison Mooney in a war of words –- more specifically, a Scrabble match.
"When it was just the challenge, there was no chance I was going to do it," Glass said Monday. "Once my fiancee had the idea that we should maybe try and raise some money for Canucks for Kids Fund, then it was a no brainer."
The tilt goes virtually Wednesday at 3 p.m. on Canucks.com/scrabble, and the player who raises the most money for the charity gets the first move.
Glass, the self-proclaimed underdog, said he doesn't expect to win, calling Mooney, who plays an average of four to five games a day, "a scrabble expert."
Mooney, the man behind passittobulis.com, is confident he'll come out victorious.
"Really, the big thing is making sure that I don't win so badly that Tanner Glass refuses to talk to us afterwards." said the 25-year-old Maple Ridge native. "In seriousness, I think he could definitely put up a fight. If you get the right rack of tiles, anything can happen, he can definitely surprise."
When asked if Glass stood a chance, Alex Burrows immediately said no, adding his teammate was known to brag about his Scrabble skills.
"That's what he asked his fiancee for Christmas, a little Scrabble dictionary," he said. "I don't know how a Saskatchewan guy, not that smart, is going to do against a Scrabble pro."
Goaltender Cory Schneider, however, was more diplomatic in support of Glass.
"Those Dartmouth kids fall asleep with [a dictionary] under their pillow, they soak up the words while they sleep."