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Bettman Calls Fan Who Was Grabbed By Rypien

from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,

James Engquist, 28, the Mendota Heights resident who was grabbed while in the stands by Vancouver Canucks player Rick Rypien during a game against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, today received a telephone call from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologizing with an offer of dinner and tickets to another game.

Engquist said he appreciated what he called a “classy” gesture by Bettman, but is disappointed that Rypien received just a six-game suspension from the NHL and the Canucks at $25,000 fine.

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Twig's avatar

my gosh, i hope i never get assaulted by anyone in the nhl. i’d let that call go to voicemail.

Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 10/22/10 at 05:03 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...Gary Bettman apologizing with an offer of dinner and tickets to another game.

If Engquist has to have dinner with Buttman in order to get the free tickets, he’s getting a worse penalty than Rypien did. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/22/10 at 05:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologizing with an offer of dinner and tickets to another game.

Could be the date of a lifetime.

gulp

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 10/22/10 at 05:55 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Give the fan the suspension money and save the hot air.
Class is honoring the Orange Hat guy, not kissing up for a dipstick going ape $hit on a fan.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/22/10 at 05:58 PM ET

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The NHL thinks its worth 25k and six game checks, but all its worth to the fan is a dinner and a pair of tickets? Funny, now I know why he lawyered up. How’d that last pair of tickets work out for him?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/22/10 at 06:04 PM ET

Moq's avatar

A very classy and appropriate gesture by the commissioner. Unfortunately, James Engquist sounds like an annoying bastard.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 10/22/10 at 06:21 PM ET

perfection's avatar

yeah, this dude definitely didn’t deserve what happened, particularly being thrown out of the game (which to me seemed much worse to me than the slight jostling by Rypien), but he really does seem like kind of an idiot. the idea of directly comparing his situation to any other job is just moronic. something tells me if his job in “the medical field” required him to pause and get in a fistfight while spectators jeered at him, perhaps random “assaults” would be more common. i mean, Rypien was wrong, but please, that situation is really not comparable to any situation one might face in “the real world”. guys like Rypien are PAID to assault people. i think blind rage and testosterone can sometimes cloud who the ACTUAL foe is and lead to poor decisions like this one.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 10/22/10 at 06:32 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

but all its worth to the fan is a dinner and a pair of tickets?

But they’re probably tickets to a Pens game to see Crosby.  in Gary’s world, that’s priceless.


What a farce of a suspension.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 10/22/10 at 06:35 PM ET

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“...particularly being thrown out of the game…”
Posted by perfection from Chicago on 10/22/10 at 04:32 PM ET

They were actually re-located to seats along the glass I think, in one of the corners for the rest of the game.

Posted by NathanBC on 10/22/10 at 07:15 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

I hate, loathe,fume over, disdain, find contempt for, have no respect for, and wish Gary bettman would go away.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 10/22/10 at 10:03 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

In a less PC world the headline would read something like this.

“Commish Shanahan Calls Fan Who Was Grabbed By Rypien a tool, deserving, despite suspension”

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 10/23/10 at 10:11 AM ET

Moq's avatar

I hate, loathe,fume over, disdain, find contempt for, have no respect for, and wish Gary bettman would go away.

Just let it all out, even at the expense of a poorly constructed sentence (Sherri Thornhill would be proud).

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 10/23/10 at 10:37 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Hasn’t the guy suffered enough? Now he has Bettman calling him. That’s insult to (near) injury.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/23/10 at 02:11 PM ET

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