The Winnipeg Jets today made an effort to prevent the so-called “Helmet Pardy” that their fans were planning for Thursday’s game against the Blackhawks, saying that fans will not be permitted to wear helmets to the game. The grassroots campaign, initiated by Winnipeg’s famously creative fans, was designed to poke fun at the incident that took place late in the Jets’ 4-1 loss at the United Center earlier this month. In that game, Brandon Bollig checked Adam Pardy through the glass in the corner, prompting one fan to grab his helmet and wear it, and another fan to pour a beer on Pardy’s head.
Here’s the official statement from Jets chairman Mark Chipman.
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.