OttawaCitizen- Sometimes paying for a premium seat is worth the price.
A Citizen reader, who was at the game Tuesday night between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings, had a close encounter with Henrik Zetterberg during warm-ups.
Ryan sent in the following message:
“My buddy Mike and I were down against the glass for the warms ups last night in the Red Wings end… he had his beer sitting on the up against the glass as we were taking pics. When Hank was done stretching, he got up and banged into the boards a couple times.”
“In doing so, Mike’s pint went smashing to the floor. We knocked on the glass to show him what happened as I got a kick out of it. Zetterberg started laughing! A few minutes later, he went over to the bench, grabbed one of his brand new game sticks and autographed it saying: “Sorry! I owe u one! (with his signature.) He skated over and tossed it over the glass to us! How classy is that guy!!! Amazing!"
I could take the easy route here. If we are being honest, I probably should. With all the good that Henrik Zetterberg has given to the sport he's due some praise for acting in line with the prototypical, down-to-earth hockey player and giving a signed stick to a fan after he unintentionally knocked over his overpriced beer. Just because going above and beyond buying the next round is the type of fan interaction that you'd probably expect from someone like the Red Wings' captain doesn't make it any less awesome.
That's why it pains me to have to focus on the really story here, which is the unmerited owner of a newly signed Henrik Zetterberg stick...
First and foremost, I want to file a police report against that guy for breaking into my closet and stealing the surfer necklace that I thought I lost in 4th grade. Unfortunately, his much more egregious crime must take precedence and that is being a middle aged hockey fan that doesn't have the common sense not to place his adult beverage up against the boards.
You know what you deserve when you leave your beer unattended and resting against a rink full of grown men whipping around vulcanized rubber as high speeds? I'll give you a hint. It's definitely not a timeless, original piece of memorabilia. In fact, it's a hell of a lot closer to a slap shot upside the fucking head. I actually would have been more okay with this dude banging against the glass and asking Henrik Zetterberg to be his +1 while chaperoning his daughter's prom or begging him to score so that he would have a justification for his wife when he came home with a new puppy. At least those creepy, admittedly unlikely scenarios wouldn't feature an adult male refusing to take responsibility for his negligence while "crying" over spilled suds. Looking for reimbursement after giving his cold one the cold shoulder is such inexcusable, child-like behavior that it almost makes you forget that these two bros were so committed to taking a good selfie that they needed four free hands to do it.