A Winnipeg Sun story about an 11-year-old hockey fan who was taunted at a Jets game last week has struck a chord with NHL star John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Jake Lotocki is an Islanders fan who attended last Tuesday’s Winnipeg-Islanders game wearing his Tavares jersey. But the experience turned ugly when he was jeered by several fans after the game, one getting in his face and yelling, ‘You suck! Go home, loser!” Tavares, in Toronto rehabbing from a season-ending knee injury, read the story soon after it was posted online at winnipegsun.com, Monday night. He immediately called the team’s director of communications, Kimber Auerbach, who was with the Islanders as they played in Vancouver. “He called me during the game and told me he wanted to do something for Jake,” Auerbach told the Sun, Wednesday. After reading how Lotocki had to leave the arena with his jersey crumpled up so people wouldn’t see it, Tavares suggested sending the boy a new one, autographed by his favourite player. Auerbach called the Lotocki home Tuesday night and told Jake’s mother of the team’s plans. “She was blown away that he took the initiative to make that phone call,” Auerbach said. The Islanders have also promised to invite Lotocki to a game-day skate when they visit Winnipeg next season.
John Tavares gives jersey to little Islanders fan mocked at MTS Centre
Winnipeg Sun | Mar 12