In the name of that thing we call “fun,” a Winnipeg radio station had urged all 15,004 attendees of this Thursday’s Jets/Blackhawks tilt to show up wearing helmets.
Today the Winnipeg Jets and, more specifically, chairman Mark Chipman did their best impression of that parent who storms downstairs in a rage at 1:00 a.m. and breaks up your sleepover birthday because you’re being too loud.
In the name of that thing we call “fun,” a Winnipeg radio station had urged all 15,004 attendees of this Thursday’s Jets/Blackhawks tilt to show up wearing helmets. The idea was to strike back after a Hawks fan stole the chapeau off Pardy’s head and another dumped a beer on him during a melee when the Jets visited the United Center Nov. 6. You’ve probably seen the incident, but it’s quality viewing, so here it is again:
Thanks to the idea from Dave Wheeler of 92 CITI FM, fans were ready for their “#HelmetPardy.” But Chipman and the Jets released the following statement today, raining on the parade:
“Earlier this week, we learned of a media-promoted stunt to have Winnipeg Jets fans wear helmets to the game on Thursday, November 21st versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
I would like to let our fans know we in no way endorse this idea and in fact and wish to personally advise that we will not permit fans to wear such headgear at tomorrow’s game.
The Chicago Blackhawks organization, for whom we hold a great deal of respect, conducted themselves with the highest degree of professionalism in the wake of the unfortunate incident on November 6th. We immediately received apologies from Team President & Governor John McDonough & General Manager Stan Bowman. The Blackhawks organization have also personally expressed their gratitude to Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam Pardy for the way in which he handled himself in a very difficult situation. As well, the particular individual involved that night has extended a sincere apology to Adam and our organization. He is extremely remorseful and has made an unnecessary yet very meaningful donation to the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
I sincerely believe we have the best fans in the entire National Hockey League. Their passion for the game is unequaled. However, this is about professionalism and respect for our great game and for the NHL. These are principles we attempt to follow in all aspects of how we play and present the game of hockey. Adam Pardy exemplified these characteristics and I am confident Winnipeg Jets fans will display that same respect and professionalism this Thursday by refraining from participating in this stunt and not wearing helmets to tomorrow’s game.”
It’s a shame so many people are allergic to a good-natured joke nowadays. I suppose the Jets are worried fans will toss helmets onto the ice, but couldn’t you say that about any hard object? Will they ban shoes and car keys next? Stay tuned.