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Maple Leafs fan ripped for throwing elderly man’s fedora on ice during hat trick

This fan should have been given a penalty.

A rowdy Toronto Maple Leafs fan snatches a longtime season ticket holder’s expensive hat from his head and sends it flying onto the ice after scoring a hat-trick, but the hat’s rightful owner remains undisclosed. NHL fans were similarly displeased.

John Hamilton, 73, was enjoying the second period of Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers when Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews scored the third goal and other fans threw their hats at him. There was an uproar at Scotiabank Arena as he was thrown onto the ice. A beloved tradition of sports.

As Van Halen’s hit song “Panama” blares through the arena, Hamilton watches his $300 fedora, paired with a sweater signed by Dave Keown, land on the ice, according to viral footage. He looked on in disbelief and believed the hat was gone forever. .

“I was surprised,” Hamilton said. Toronto sun. “I thought it was a joke at first, too, until I saw the hat on the ice.”

On February 15, 2024, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan grabs John Hamilton’s custom fedora and throws it onto the ice. X

Hamilton said he had the choice of words when confronting the fans behind him, but that the player who threw the hat was simply deflecting responsibility from himself.

“He told me to do it,” the unknown fan said, pointing to a friend who was recording the whole ordeal.

Hamilton, a season ticket holder for 40 years, was finally reunited with his fedora within five minutes after his teammates yelled to the on-ice crew about the coveted hat.

The fan quickly became quiet and seemed confused as he realized his stunt didn’t get the reaction he was hoping for.

“He did take a seat, but his face turned red because there were so many people around him.” Hamilton said. “I don’t think he expected the reaction he got, and all of a sudden he was like, ‘Whoa, what happened here?’

Although Hamilton never received an apology from his attacker, the fan behind the camera repeatedly apologized for his friend’s antics and even ordered drinks to four fans in front of him.

“He apologized several times, probably four or five times, went back to the (Air Canada) Signature Club and ordered the staff to bring beer for three of his buddies and me,” Hamilton said. added.

Hamilton said he had the choice of words when confronting the fans behind him, but that the player who threw the hat was simply deflecting responsibility from himself. X

Hamilton speculated that a fan might have been kicked as he was not seen after the second intermission.

Immediately after the incident, Hamilton was unhappy with the man, but did not want anything bad to happen to him.

“My friends told me that in today’s world, if something goes viral on social media, you can lose your job,” Hamilton told the outlet.

“I don’t want that to happen,” he added. “I’m definitely going to accept the apology, forgive him, and move on. I got my hat back, and we did some stupid things when we were younger.”

Hamilton speculated that a fan might have been kicked as he was not seen after the second intermission. X

Social media users quickly went after the hat-throwing fan, claiming it was a terrible look for Leafs fans,

“The lesson from all of this is don’t be boring, don’t ruin other people’s fun for the sake of ‘clicks’ or 15 seconds of fame,” one user said on X. Ta.

Another comment read: “It deserves scrutiny.”

“No, that’s so rude! Don’t touch other people or their property,” said another viewer.

Auston Matthews (34) skates away from his teammates after scoring a hat trick in the second period of a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 15, 2024. NHLI (via Getty Images)

“Not cool at all…maybe that hat meant something to that guy…if it’s not yours, just don’t touch it,” one person wrote on X. Told.

After getting his hat back and having a free drink, Hamilton enjoyed the rest of the game, as the Maple Leafs won in overtime on a goal by William Nylander.

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