A drunken Chicago Blackhawks fan took the phrase “fan interference” to a new level on Wednesday night.
The humorous incident occurred during the third period of the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. During the action, Blackhawks winger Brandon Bollig checked Winnipeg’s Adam Pardy hard into the boards, dislodging the glass barrier that separates fans from the ice.
As Pardy skirmished with several of Chicago’s players, a Blackhawks fan reached out and stole the 29-year-old’s helmet right off his head. The fan, who held a beer and appeared to be drunk, then casually placed Pardy’s helmet on his own head as if nothing had happened. The man was reportedly escorted out of his seat by security, but it's unclear what specifically happened to him, Deadspin reports.
But the fan interference didn’t stop there. The woman sitting next to the drunk Blackhawks fan also decided to pour her entire beer on Pardy’s head, The Big Lead notes.
“I definitely smelled a little booze for about six minutes,” Pardy told reporters after the game, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I guess somebody reached around (and took the helmet). I don’t know what happened to my stick, either -- that got lost in the crowd too. A little insult to injury there. It was tough enough to get put through the glass but then to get a beer thrown on my head, too, was not a good thing.”
Despite the abuse he received from the Blackhawks fans, Pardy seemed to take the incident in stride. “They’re into it,” he said. “I mean, that’s a good thing, I guess.” Ultimately, the Jets defenseman did manage to get his helmet back.
A video of the drunk Blackhawks fan’s theft of Pardy’s helmet can be viewed below.