John Tavares helps 11-year-old heckled Isles fan

When the Islanders played in Winnipeg last week, an 11-year-old Islanders fan attended the game in his John Tavares jersey. When the Isles won the game in overtime, Jets fans began heckling the little Islanders fan.

His mother explained what happened, via the Winnipeg Sun:

“And then there was this man who just sort of bolted out of nowhere and ran right up to him, in his face, and shouted at him,” she said.

I don’t know what kind of person can scream ‘You suck!’ or ‘Go home, loser!’ into an 11-year-old’s face. But I imagine they’d yell similar sentiments at teenaged refs or opposing kids at a youth game.

In tears, Jake scrunched up his Tavares jersey so people wouldn’t see it.

Somehow, Tavares heard about the story and had the Islanders reach out to their young fan.

Tavares sent the kid a new, signed jersey and has invited him to join the team’s morning skate when they return to Winnipeg next season (Leahy, March 13).




55 comments
dzruggie
dzruggie

That's being a leader and a star.  Great to read

Brian Tierno
Brian Tierno

that's what I like to hear from our sport stars , way to go JT

George Cedeno
George Cedeno

Just another example of angry Winnipeg Canadians with 5mall p3nl$3$ mad about never having a Stanly Cup.

Joe Gershonowitz
Joe Gershonowitz

I love reading stories about athletes doing the right thing like this. Good for Tavares.

Felix Montanez
Felix Montanez

I remember the same thing happening in the bleachers of Yankee Stadium where a whole section taunted an 11 year old girl for wearing a Blue Jays hat...and they weren't even playing the Yankers that day! Good show, Mr. Tavares.

Dbergerlaw Dbergerlaw
Dbergerlaw Dbergerlaw

After Snow watches him in the morning skate, he'll draft him in the first round.

firecappy
firecappy

Wang just sent the kid a bill for the jersey.

kevinpt
kevinpt

As much as I hate how the team is managed/run, if class act players like JT and Okposo make up most of the roster, I'll continue supporting them.

Daniel Reuther
Daniel Reuther

The kid will get to attend the pre-game skate? At the rate we're going, the kid will be on JT's left wing by the time the Isles return to Lose-ipeg.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

so was this incident reported widely in canada for jt to hear about it?

orange2327
orange2327

Get well JT we need ya we luv ya!!

Mike James Powles
Mike James Powles

I'd wear that Jersey Loud and proud! I feel for the kid though...jt is definitely a real respectable guy on and off the ice

Shannon Falotico
Shannon Falotico

A 10 year old kid with an islander jersey dosent have it hard enough. The people of Winnipeg are animals.

dinbigd
dinbigd

If only we could get fans to do that to chucky.

isles4life
isles4life

This is an awesome story, good job tavares!

Sean Mckenney
Sean Mckenney

Another hockey star stepping up to the plate...they just get it.

tag1
tag1

Probably alcohol involved it usually is with these idiotic incidents at sporting events. Nobody was with this moron or other fans around them couldn't tell him to knock it off? 

Every Isles fan knows what a class act JT is, no surprise here.

Lisa Abrams
Lisa Abrams

I do not have that much class......I would have clocked him for getting in my sons face!

Martin Flatley
Martin Flatley

What kind of man thinks it's ok to verbally harass and intimidate an 11 year old CHILD because of the jersey that CHILD is wearing? Sports bring out the best and worst in people and this poor kid has learned that lesson far too early in life. God bless John Tavares for being a real man. His parents should be very proud.

slushie
slushie

Class Act. Chris R. you are an ass.

Glenn DeMilt
Glenn DeMilt

This is why attending sporting events is becoming less and less appealing.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

atta boy jt! not surprised one bit by this. classact on and off the ice. you bring pride to us islander fans!

Hank Shay
Hank Shay

AWESOME!! Poor kid, the same motley crew of people who burn their city down if their team loses in the finals. SMDH!!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Winnipeg is the arm pit of Canada.  It's also the drug capital of Canada.   Someone should have opened up a hundred gallon barrel of ass whoop on this clown.  

Katie Mee Jung Worden
Katie Mee Jung Worden

Kudos!!! Nobody should ever have the right to bully a child.. A grown man and a child? That guy should be ashamed!

Todd Walsh
Todd Walsh

well, this kind of thing has been going on with ranger fans for years.  I remember when ranger fans would not let the ambulance get out and bring Pat Lafontaine to the hospital after james patrick gave him a concussion 


Keith Weinstein
Keith Weinstein

i already respected his on ice play, now i respect the man...

Brian Culich
Brian Culich

John your awesome! What a role model and glad your part of the Islanders organization

dzruggie
dzruggie

Thanks for your totally irrelevant comment.  

Ryan Sweeney
Ryan Sweeney

@Shannon Falotico  this happens everywhere.  the people of winnipeg were very unhappy about this incident based on more nationally recognized blogs.  this was just one guy being a d**chebag

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@slushie  he is taking a shot at the writers for writing about this instead of how snow is a idiot wang is a crook etc etc. nothing against jt.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Chris R  

I didn't already know this story, so I'm glad it was posted. I do, however, know all the real problems with the team and I do not need to be reminded of them as they are extremely depressing.

Ryan Sweeney
Ryan Sweeney

@Chris R  noo this is something that you want to hear about.  JT is a class act and deserves this recognition.

Don22
Don22

@Todd Walsh I remember that well. But let's not cast stones.  There are clowns like this among Islanders Country too.  Unfortunately they are in every team jersey and usually the cause is alcohol.  Instant A-Hole - add 10 drinks and stir.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@slushie  i think this should have been written. but i agree with chris where they do need to do some other writings......