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.
“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.
It’s a lesson teenager Andrei Svechnikov will never forget.
Ice hockey legend Alex Ovechkin used his fists to keep the dream of another Stanley Cup triumph alive as the Washington captain threw down with his younger rival, putting the rookie in his place when he dared to square up with the 33-year-old.
In a scary brawl featuring two unlikely foes in Ovechkin — the grizzly future Hall of Famer and Svechnikov, the Carolina Hurricanes’ 19-year-old wunderkind trying to follow in The Great 8’s footsteps — the elder Russian won in a knockout fashion that would leave even Mike Tyson speechless.
Ovechkin — the last person fans would expect to engage in fisticuffs — landed three consecutive daggers to Svechnikov’s head as the latter swung to no avail. The Carolina forward fell to the ice and hit his head as the fight — which was always only going to have one winner — came to a quick and brutal end.
Capitals stars not on the ice banged their sticks against the barrier in support of their fearless leader, who was taken to the penalty box while Svechnikov lay on the ice in a daze.
The youngster received medical attention, his hands were shaking and he couldn’t get back to his feet. Teammates eventually helped him off the ice but he never returned, instead spending the rest of the game licking his wounds.
America went wild on social media over the violent stoush as a video of the incident was viewed nearly two million times.
The internet, as always, acted quickly, updating Svechnikov’s Wikipedia page to read: “He was killed in a fight by Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on April 15, 2019,” though it was quickly changed back to its original form.
Svechnikov really looks up to Ovechkin. Can’t believe that just happened.
The two had been pushing and shoving before dropping the gloves during Game 3 of the first-round playoff match-up, which the defending champ Washington led 2-0 as the series shifted to Carolina.
Tempers flared enough for Ovechkin to indulge in just the fourth fight of his career, and first since nearly a decade ago, according to HockeyFights.com.
For Svechnikov, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft who helped lead the Hurricanes back into the postseason, it was his first fight in the big leagues.
But the feud didn’t end after the final period finished. Svechnikov’s brother Evgeny, also a pro hockey player, issued an ominous warning on his Instagram story, tagging Ovechkin and writing: “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.”
Carolina thrashed Washington 5-0 in Game 3 and the Capitals now lead the playoff series 2-1.
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.
The Devils gave the first 9,000 fans in attendance a David Puddy bobblehead. He’s the
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.