The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement after a video surfaced showing the team’s mascot, Tommy Hawk, body-slamming and punching a fan who provoked him in the concourse of the United Center one night earlier.
In the video, the man appears to try to attack the mascot, who then lifts the man into the air and slams him to the ground before landing several blows while other fans watch nearby.
NHL mascot fights fan
“We are gathering the facts and will have no further comment at this time, pending our investigation,” the Blackhawks said in a statement published by the Chicago Sun-Times.
No one was in custody as of Saturday night, according to the Sun-Times.
Police confirmed that a “male was performing as a team mascot” when another man started punching him in the face and put him in a headlock.
Police said the attacker was between the ages of 18 and 20, about 5-foot-5 (165cm) and 160 pounds (72.5kg).
The incident took place during the Jets’ 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks on Friday night.
Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Penguins continued their playoff push and avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the lowly Devils with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark, despite the fact the character David Puddy of “Seinfeld” fame was in attendance.
“Puddy”, played by US actor Patrick Warburton, was made famous in an episode of the iconic sitcom where painted his face in Devils colours in an episode and shouted: “We’re the Devils.”
Over 20 years on, the joke hasn’t died down.
Warburton dropped the puck before the game in a ceremonial opening to the night, but the real moment that sent mouths running was the TV star’s slip-up on the ice as he exited the rink.
Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, Nick Bjugstad and Zach Aston-Reese also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won four of its last five in its bid to make the playoffs for the 13th straight year. The streak is the longest active playoff run in the NHL.
Matt Murray made 33 saves, including 15 in the third period, to help the Penguins salvage the final game in the four-game season series.
Jesper Bratt, Marcus Johansson and Miles Wood scored for the Devils, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Keith Kinkaid had 24 saves in losing to the Penguins for the first time in four games this season.
“It could be the story of the season, we don’t play a full 60 (minutes),” Kinkaid said. “I don’t think their shots were too harmful, like I said a crazy curve on the fourth one and I have to find a way to squeeze that third one. I didn’t see it right away. It’s one me I have to come up with the big save. I think we played well enough to win.”
Rust broke a 2-all tie at 10:45 with a shot from the inside of the right circle after a great rush up the ice by Jake Guentzel. Kinkaid got a piece of the shot but the puck squirted through his pads and rolled into the net.
Ruhwedel, who just returned to the line-up after sitting out since Nov. 19, got his first of the season and what proved to be the game-winner on a shot from the point that found the top corner of the net with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the second.
Wood closed the gap to a goal with 4:50 to play on a slow shot that somehow got under Murray’s stick.
The Devils twice took one-goal leads in the first period only to see the Penguins tie the game.
Bratt scored for the second straight game to put New Jersey ahead early. Sidney Crosby extended his points scoring streak to six games by setting up Aston-Reese in front four minutes later to tie the score.
Johansson restored the lead when he stripped the puck from Phil Kessel in the Penguins zone and beat Murray with a backhander up high. Bjugstad scored on a power play with 1:36 left in the period for his second goal since being acquired from Florida on Feb. 1.
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Warburton, wearing a Martin Brodeur jersey, was also on hand to drop the puck on a ceremonial face-off between the Devils’ Andy Greene and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby.
Travis Zajac appeared in his 900th game with the Devils. … The Devils activated forward Blake Coleman off injured reserve and assigned forward Nick Lappin to AHL Binghamton.
We doubt Gordon Bombay ever had the urge to go into great detail when talking about the bowel movements of the Mighty Ducks but John Tortorella decided to go where nobody really wanted him to today.
The coach of NHL side the Columbus Blue Jackets was in no mood for mincing his words when quizzed about why star forward Artemi Panarin wasn’t suiting up for the clash against the Montreal Canadiens.
Panarin has been the subject of intense trade speculation in recent days as he wants to explore free agency this coming winter. The Blue Jackets need to decide whether they use him as trade bait to lure another player to the franchise before the February 25 deadline, or hold onto him for a run towards the playoffs knowing full well he’s a huge chance of leaving at season’s end.
His absence from the ice against the Canadiens fuelled speculation there’d been a development in his personal situation but Tortorella was adamant there was nothing sinister about the move.
Simply, Panarin was just too sick to play.
“He’s sick. He’s sick as a dog,” Tortorella said.
But when pressed for further details, the coach got a little more graphic than that.
“I was told that he’s sick, not eating. He s**t his pants, he was puking, he was doing everything. So, enough,” Tortorella added.
You’re right, that is enough.
The blunt explanation for Panarin’s absence wasn’t swallowed so easily by fans, who continued to speculate on social media whether the illness was a ruse to cover up the fact the Russian was going to be traded.
Panarin was traded to Columbus in 2017 after signing a $16.8 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks
The 27-year-old was the Blue Jackets’ leading scorer last season with 82 points from 81 games and is in similar form this season, finding the back of the net 67 times in 56 outings.
Some of the original Mighty Ducks hit the ice to support their namesakes from Anaheim at New York’s Nassau Coliseum at the weekend.
Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, who starred as Russ Tyler in both sequel films D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3, checked out the game on Sunday with fellow cast members Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine), Vincent LaRusso (Adam Banks) and Danny Tamberelli (Tommy Duncan), all of whom starred in the 1992 original film, and Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine (Julie “The Cat” Gaffney), who also joined the cast in the sequels.
Not that it did the visiting NHL team any good as they went down 3-0 to the Islanders.
But it was an opportunity for the childhood stars of the sports movie franchise to get back together and into some retro gear as they skated the ice before the match.
They also hung out with some of the current Ducks, who, given their tenuous position in the Western Conference wildcard race (fourth, with two spots available) could probably do with some advice from Emilio Estevez’s coach Gordon Bombay.