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The Winnipeg Jets have responded to the fan planned #HelmetPardy night on Thursday at MTS Centre during their game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The idea encouraged attending fans to show up wearing hockey helmets to poke fun at the drunk Blackhawks fan who ripped Adam Pardy's off his head during a game earlier this month.
After the details of the event began going viral, Winnipeg Jets Executive Chairman of the Board & Governor, Mark Chipman, released a statement Wednesday afternoon distancing the team from the event:
“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 bummer. But what if Jets fans wore those cardboard helmets they give out during the World Juniors tournament instead? At least if a Jets player scores a hat trick, the cardboard helmets would fly a lot less further than your typical beer league lid.
Illegal Curve has some audio of Chipman speaking with the Winnipeg media this afternoon.
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