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Blackhawks apologize to Jets, NHL about fan incident

Nov 7, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

Two Chicago Blackhawks fans were ejected from Wednesday’s game after this incident involving Adam Pardy’s helmet and perhaps a few adult beverages:

To little surprise, the Blackhawks reached out to the Winnipeg Jets, Adam Pardy and NHL regarding the incident. CSNChicago.com passes along the statement:

“We have spoken to those involved in the incident with an opposing player late in our home game last night at the United Center. The individuals were immediately ejected from the arena to preserve the safety of everyone in attendance, including other fans, players and officials. We have also been in communication with the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL to convey our organization’s apologies.”

Getty Images seemed to catch the moment the two fans were being asked to leave:

source: Getty Images

Pardy said he “definitely smelled a little booze” for some time after getting his helmet back.

  1. lowenni - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Blackhawks are such a classy organization, forget about these two fans. Remember the ad they posted in the Boston newspaper thanking them for their hospitality?

    Or was that the bruins in a Chicago newspaper…

    • kaptaanamerica - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      so they thanked the bruins fans for being so nice as the Hawks fans had their way with them? i’m glad the Bruins fans were so accommodating to the visiting fans.

    • pwt3 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      The Blackhawks (and by that you mean the PR wing, led by Jon McDonough) are NOT classy.

      They are just PR-conscious frauds, selling a product. They’re as classy as any major corporation.

      Ask sports reporter Susannah Collins how classy they are. They canned her last year after an innocent verbal gaffe she made on-air led to the revelation that she’d worked for a YouTube sports series that had “some racy material” – no one was offended, the Blackhawks should have known (and probably did know) about it before hiring her, all the fans loved her, and she loved her job and was good at it – but they fired her anyway. Why? Because they correctly figured hardly anyone would stick up for her or remember it a year from then. They know it’s fake garbage like thank you ads in newspapers, and insincere unnecessary public apologies to other franchises over meaningless incidents, that stick in people’s minds and give the impression that “the Blackhawks are such a classy organization.”

      No, they aren’t. They threw that girl under the bus on the OFF chance (and it was like a one in a billion chance) anyone on earth would find her past offensive or unsavory, and so would by connection find the Blackhawks offensive or unsavory. They are cowards.

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        I agree they are good at PR, and what they did to her was disproportionate and regrettable.

        That’s kind of the point. That was a move that, even at the time, most other media and fans thought was out of line and a surprising move. That exception proved the rule.

        I hope her gig at CBSSN works out.

      • leonjokcdb1957 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        “all the fans loved her, and she loved her job and was good at it – but they fired her anyway.”

        How do you know all the fans loved her. I thought she ws annoying.

  2. arbruins - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Jeeeez…And i thought philly was a rough town.

  3. killerpgh - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    “The individuals were immediately ejected from the arena to preserve the safety of everyone in attendance, including other fans, players and officials.”

    Anyone want to bet the let them drive home all hammered up after being tossed? I only bring that up because the Hawks made it a point to bring up the “safety of everyone in attendance”.

    • blackbug99 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Pretty sure they were escorted to the police. Totally classless people and I’m certain they don’t represent all Blackhawk fans!!

  4. wisdomnfl - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Kind of funny actually. I don’t see the big deal.

    • ntvd7 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      The helmet was funny

      Pouring a beer on a players head isn’t – Totally classless, especially for a woman

      • makemulletsmandatory - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        gentlemen and ladies, we are not in class, we are at a hockeygame…..
        This was a piece of oldskoolhockey, thousand thumbs up.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Big deal…NOT

  6. cheesesteak75 - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    If he was in Philadelphia he would have been named the number 3 star of the game.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      I disagree number 1 star !

    • babykaby - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      How’s that spark working out for ya?

  7. arbruins - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Good one

  8. billsboy88 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    It was still funny and original anyway

  9. sprtsfan1 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I’m kinda embarrassed in regard to this guy’s actions. But at the same time, pretty funny stuff. The guy was obviously sloshed. However, I’m even more embarrassed by the idiot who gave the Jets the beer shower. Completely classless.

  10. hawkphann - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Unless they bought their tickets on Ticketmaster, the rightful owners of these seats will without a doubt, lose their Seasons next year, if not this year.

    • jjohns2 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      Unfortunately, they were the rightful owners of those seats. He’s the owner of O’Hare Honda and Hyundai in Des Plaines, IL. That dealership is kind of like McDonald’s: a clown is running the show…

      • zooski13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        If this is true & these are their season seats, they should get them taken away. A STH should know better.

      • skr213 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        If I’m ever looking for a car in Chicago, I’ll go there … because that was friggin hilarious. I’m not into the beer spilling, but the helmet taking was a 2013-2014 highlight reel.

  11. joey4id - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    That was too funny to see the fan wearing that helmet. NHL should make sure to keep the players out of the seats. What’s with the glass giving out like that?

  12. pwt3 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I posted this above but I want to post it on its own, because I’m sick and tired of the myth propagated by the Hawks PR machine.

    “The Blackhawks (and by that you mean the PR wing, led by Jon McDonough) are NOT classy.

    They are just PR-conscious frauds, selling a product. They’re as classy as any major corporation.

    Ask sports reporter Susannah Collins how classy they are. They canned her last year after an innocent verbal gaffe she made on-air led to the revelation that she’d worked for a YouTube sports series that had “some racy material” – no one was offended, the Blackhawks should have known (and probably did know) about it before hiring her, all the fans loved her, and she loved her job and was good at it – but they fired her anyway. Why? Because they correctly figured hardly anyone would stick up for her or remember it a year from then. They know it’s fake garbage like thank you ads in newspapers, and insincere unnecessary public apologies to other franchises over meaningless incidents, that stick in people’s minds and give the impression that “the Blackhawks are such a classy organization.”

    No, they aren’t. They threw that girl under the bus on the OFF chance (and it was like a one in a billion chance) anyone on earth would find her past offensive or unsavory, and so would by connection find the Blackhawks offensive or unsavory. They are cowards.”

    Now that being said, I love the Hawks franchise – the actual hockey operation, and the players. And the PR wing has done a tremendous job in getting more people interested in that. But check yourself before you talk about how classy their organization is. They’re run like any corporation, and if you think they’re classy, it’s only because their evil PR people are better at their jobs than the evil PR people of other franchises.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      You clearly have an axe to grind.

      • pwt3 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        How do you figure? Are you saying I’m connected in some way with the girl? Or am a fan of a rival franchise?

        I’m not. I’m a regular Blackhawks fan.

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Listen, I think it was it was embarrassing misstep by the franchise. I liked her. But there is nobody involved in this process that wasn’t human. She made a mistake on-air. The people in the front office made a mistake in overreacting.

        Of course I get the concept of public relations, and I’m pretty cynical when it it comes to sports and the sports “narratives.” But sometimes–just sometimes–you can do something that’s both the right thing AND good PR. In fact, maybe that’s why it’s good PR.

        To try to use this one incident as a permanent “gotcha” and post the same rant twice in one article that had very little to do with it comes off as petty and bitter and the kind of thing that someone who knows her would not let go of easily. Or perhaps an e-knight fan club member.

        If you’re a relative, fanboy, or a third-party Blackhawk fan with a hair trigger, I gotta say, I’m not sure you’re doing her any favors. Wish her best of luck, move on from this unfortunate thing, and be done with it.

    • southernhawk - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      We are all sorry your daughter was fired. Happy now?

  13. Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Anyone who’d dump a beer that cost almost eight bucks on a player has obviously had too much.

  14. zooski13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    We were at the game. Our seats were on the other side of the rink, so we couldn’t see theses D bags doing this. If they’re STH’s they should get their seats taken away. The helmet part was kinda funny, but the beer pouring should get them bounced. They should know better.

  15. dlk75150 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Chgo fans a really nasty and usually wasted

    • babykaby - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Have you been drinking?

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