Honestly one of the things that I love most about the comic, and the panels starting Junior Year, is we get to see how tactile Jack is.
We’ve all been given the understanding that Bitty is somewhat uncomfortable with physical contact with people – he cringed when he sees people getting tackled, he stiffens up at unexpected slaps on the back, etc.
And since the beginning, Jack has been helping Bitty with this issue through their checking clinics. We saw how much Bitty has improved since then, what with him being able to initiate checks with other players now. So we all know that thanks to Jack, Bitty has been able to work on his issues with physical contact.
Now, Jack isn’t at Samwell anymore, so there’s no more checking practice, but all of Jack’s easy affection seems to be bringing down Bitty’s walls as well. Jack is always touching Bitty – a hand on the back, playing footsie under the table, an arm swung over Bitty’s shoulders, hands grasping Bitty’s hips, etc.
Bitty is so obviously comfortable with Jack and his little touches here and there. And for someone who usually cringes at just seeing other people come into contact with each other, Bitty’s comfort level here is so important. Not only does he trust Jack immensely, but it also shows how Jack has been slowly helping Bitty overcome his fear, both on and off the ice.