Winnipeg Jets issue statement on ‘Helmet Pardy’

Posted by David Minuk in Winnipeg Jets on November 20, 2013 — 9 Comments

No Helmet Party

Don’t break out those buckets just yet Jets fans as the Winnipeg Jets have apparently nixed any attempts by fans to bring helmets to tomorrow’s Jets/Hawks game.

For those scratching their heads wondering what was the reason to have a Helmet Party in the first place, during the Jets and Hawks game back on Wednesday, November 6th defeceman Adam Pardy had his helmet ripped off by a Hawks fan after the glass stanchion was dislodged.

A suggestion was made that fans should wear their helmets to the game as a joke, this idea picked up traction and it sounds like a number of fans were prepared to wear a helmet to the game.

Which brings us to today and according to Mitch Peacock of CBC the Jets will be releasing a statement about preventing this idea from coming to fruition.

Do you agree or disagree with this decision?

Jets statement:

The following is a statement from Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman of the Board & Governor, Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club:

“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.”

Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman & Governor spoke about the situation:

Mark Chipman

Audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.

  • ericklee

    I’ll wait to hear the rationale before I judge. I think the reasoning is either:

    A) It will be a distraction to referees and players
    or
    B) Could be seen as mocking of Kevin Mize and/or Chicago fanbase or organization.

    Maybe a bit of both.

  • Cam Platt

    I’m going to the game tomorrow, so while Dissapointed, I can 100% see where they are coming from. I feel like it’ll be a matter of fan safety as the main reason why they aren’t allowing it.

  • ericklee

    I’ve heard that brought up as well. People are brave when drunk. Even braver when drunk and wearing a helmet, hah. ;)

  • Steve

    Well the Jets sell Popcorn in plastic helmets……are they gonna get rid of those for Thursdays game????

  • Sailorcanuck

    Chipman is overly conservative on this one. Team could have issued paper or foam helmets to fans. This could have been viewed around the league as one of the cleverest promotions of the year! Surely would have showcased our fan spirit.

  • Sailorcanuck

    Here is a good pic of some fans wearing paper helmets. Could have been hilarious!

  • Steve

    Problem is Chipman owes Chicago owners a lot for having his team and GM right now. This is more about an owner trying to protect another owners image.

  • ThisGuy

    Of course they would be mocking Kevin Mize, the guy is supposed to be a professional whose judgement was terrible.

    Further what do they plan on doing about the helmets they themselves sell, the popcorn helmets and the flight helmets both are for sale at the rink.

  • ericklee

    I’d guess TNSE wants our fanbase and organization to be professional, and exercise better judgment. I.e. ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’.

    Take popcorn helmets off shelves for a day, replace with bags or buckets. Pretty quick and simple solution.

    Didn’t know they sold flight helmets. Going to buy one now. :)