'Helmet Pardy' won't be permitted Thursday
The Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday distanced themselves from a local disc jockey's suggestion for fans to wear hockey helmets to Thursday's game against the Blackhawks.
It was called a "Helmet Pardy" by the DJ in response to the incident at the United Center during a game Nov. 6 where Jets defenseman Adam Pardy had his helmet ripped off his head by a fan after he was sent crashing through the glass by a check from Brandon Bollig.
The Jets quickly issued a statement from executive chairman Mark Chipman saying they will not permit fans to wear such headgear at the game.
"Earlier this week, we learned of a media-promoted stunt to have Winnipeg Jets fans wear helmets to the game on Thursday, Nov. 21, versus the Chicago Blackhawks," Chipman said. "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 (Thursday'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 Nov. 6. We immediately received apologies from team president and governor John McDonough and general manager Stan Bowman. The Blackhawks organization have also personally expressed their gratitude to Winnipeg Jets defenseman 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," Chipman continued. "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 Thursday by refraining from participating in this stunt and not wearing helmets to (the) game."