The Jets Come Unfun

by J.R.

Remember when that dingbat in Chicago ripped Adam Pardy’s helmet from his noggin?

In celebration thereof, some Jets fans had planned a #HelmetPardy for Chicago’s visit to the MTS Centre:

The idea was cooked up by Dave Wheeler, a DJ on 92 CITI FM in Winnipeg, who suggested that 15,000 Jets fans show up wearing hockey helmets to the game.

“Show the Hawks fans that we don’t need to steal helmets, we have our own!” he tweeted.

(Hey, if they all have helmets, all we need is Adam Burish to come back to provide them with gloves.)

The idea took off like … uh … like a really fast airplane. The MTS Centre Chants Twitter feed – home of the 10 Commandments of Jets Fans – championed it, and soon message boards were passing around the viral poster seen above.

Soon, “#HelmetPardy” was a trending hashtag.

Pretty funny, right?

The True North types disagree, issuing a statement today that is Lameitoba:

“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.”

When the MTS Chants dudes and our friends at Arctic Ice Hockey decide who to boo for the Hawks game, I hope they give serious consideration to the fuddy-duddies who are unfun.