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No helmets allowed: Jets nix ‘media-promoted stunt’ ahead of ‘Hawks visit

Nov 20, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

Hey, remember a couple of weeks ago when this happened in Chicago?

Today, the Winnipeg Jets asked their fans not to commemorate the above incident when the Blackhawks visit the MTS Centre tomorrow.

“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,” said Jets chairman Mark Chipman in a release.

“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.”

  1. phil4444phil - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Poor guy. It’s ok champ we forgive you! Come on up to Winnipeg and we’ll share a poutine meal and call it even. Provided of course you pick up the tap,lol. I just wonder now that the Jets club has put the kibosh on helmet night, if the loonie tunes up here have some way around the regulations. Paper helmets perhaps? Still got 24 hours to dream it up. Stay tuned.

  2. csilojohnson - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Definitly the most creative fans.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I see nothing wrong with him taking the helmet. Like most teams you can find authentic game worn helmets on eBay for like $200-$2000 dependent upon player such as Jerome Iginlas third jersey helmet for the Pens.

    • 3yardsandacloud - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Are you kidding? You don’t see how a fan ripping a piece of equipment off of a player during the game might lead to a problem, i.e., said player going into the stands to retrieve said equipment.

      Not only is your opinion wrong, you might want to sit the next few plays out and stop thinking for awhile

      • skr213 - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Lighten up Francis.

  4. imleftcoast - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    You can’t bring a helmet to a hockey rink? Is Craig MacTavish running the place?

    • phil4444phil - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM


  5. lowenni - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I actually thought it was a funny idea, but definitely a first class move by the Jets organization. Also, good on the guy who took Pardy’s helmet to apologize and make a donation. Hockey fans and organizations are the best (except for Philly)

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Ironic that the guy who offers his opinion on how classy something is is the same guy who drags another city’s name through the mud for some unprovoked reason.

      • hawksin5 - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        nahhh. Philly fans are absolutely atrocious.

      • lowenni - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        Unfortunately I’m not a Hawks or Jets fan so I guess it doesn’t apply to me

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Did a hawks fan just have something to say about philly fans. You lost all credibility when ya comment on a article about what a hawks fan did to a player

  6. nj666 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I dont get whats wrong with wearing a helmet. Pucks can go flying over the glass its just protection…

  7. 950003cups - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    That’s so stupid. Imagine all the money the NHL would make selling 15,004 helmets. I also vaguely remember Chicago giving out free helmets on entry once and the ice was covered after a hat trick.

  8. 950003cups - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Imagine the lawsuit if a fan has their helmet confiscated and later gets hit in the head with a puck?

  9. shortsxit34 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Class acts all around. Major kudos to the guy that grabbed the helmet. It sounds like he was genuinely sorry, and I don’t think anybody expected an apology, much less a donation.

    Can anybody tell me they saw it and didn’t smile just a little bit?

    • dewzer - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      I thought it was funny as hell. Just some dumb drunk doing something stupid with no malice intended. The beer pouring woman, that’s a different story. That said, now that it’s been done before it can’t be repeated. Can’t risk having some player going all Millbury on a fan.

  10. jpelle82 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    i would just say i had epilepsy and dare them to try to take it off me….if i was an a-hole.

  11. guitarhunterdude - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Everyone run! It’s the fun police!

    • nj666 - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      nobody suspects the fun police!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        nj666, Wrong!! Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!!!

    • phil4444phil - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Fans up here are CHOKED at the “fun” police over this. Don’t let anyone have ANY fun.

  12. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Helmets aside, I’m curious what happened with the idiot woman who poured beer on Pardy?

  13. muckleflugga - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    fun idea but it has problems…

    were the promotion permitted to continue, its proponents would likely be disappointed…how many people able to afford game tickets own helmets, and how many would shell out large for a one-off if they don’t?

    i sure as hell wouldn’t use someone else’s lid…i can barely stand my own. if someone did, they’d be looking through a grill or a plastic full-face plastic shield unless rules in manitoba minor hockey are different. removing and installing shields is a pain in the ass as any parent will tell you

    then, there is winnipeg’s penchant for throwing garbage on the ice, a long-standing tradition…see a blackhawk blowout, take shelter on the ice and in the stands

    maybe helmets aren’t such a bad idea after-all

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      It takes maybe two minutes to take a cage or shield off a helmet.

  14. scoops1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    what if a fan in attendance is handicapped???

    they would still take away the helmet

  15. pavelfitzgerald - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Winnipeg’s penchant for throwing garbage on the ice??
    In the 3 years the Jets have been back I have NEVER seen anyone throw anything on the ice. Your dealer must love you because clearly you smoke to much

  16. muckleflugga - Nov 20, 2013 at 5:21 PM



    • pavelfitzgerald - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM


      That was from 1996, it’s 2013 …… ….

      Read my comment; in the 3 years the Jets been back I have NEVER seen anyone throw anything on the ice.

  17. jhaegs - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    The lady is the bigger idiot by far… you know how expensive that beer was!?!?

    Somewhere around $8, I’m guessing…

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