Winnipeg Jets to hold ‘#HelmetPardy’ in response to drunk Blackhawks fan stealing player’s helmet
The last time the Winnipeg Jets squared off against the Chicago Blackhawks (on Nov. 6), team defenseman Adam Pardy was treated rather rudely by ‘Hawks fans in the United Center.
After he was checked through the glass, Adam Pardy had a beer dumped on him and then suffered an even more intolerable indignity: A Blackhawks fan who appeared quite inebriated snatched Pardy’s helmet and clumsily placed in atop his head. Video of the incident went viral (below), and deservedly so, as the scene was completely out of control.
And now a DJ in Winnipeg has come up with a brilliant and clever way to respond to the helmet-stealing slight.
The Blackhawks head to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Thursday at MTS Centre. In a movement that started with a tweet from 92 CITI FM DJ Dave Wheeler last week that has been generating a lot of buzz on social media and appears to be catching on in Winnipeg, the DJ suggested that Jets fans wear helmets to the game, a “#HelmetPardy,” given the nature of the incident and the player affected by it.
Nov 21 at MTS Centre vs. #Blackhawks is officially #HelmetNight. Show the Hawks fans that we don’t need to steal helmets, we have our own!
— Dave Wheeler (@Wheelerj28) November 14, 2013
Brilliant. And with the rabid fan base the Jets have cheering them on and packing the arena for every game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a few fans rocking helmets. Goodness knows Canadians have spare hockey helmets.
UPDATE: Just as this story was published, a story emerged that indicated the Jets have put the kibosh on the planned festivities. A press release has been issued by Jets chairman Mark Chipman in a release that reads (via Pro Hockey Talk):
“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.”
Well, that’s a shame. Talk about a letdown. I guess if Jets fans want to wear helmets, they’ll have to follow Drunk Blackhawks Fan Guy’s lead and steal one from a player. You know, should a Blackhawks player end up in the stands again, something that likely is not to happen. Oh well.
[H/T Puck Daddy]