Call it a transcontinental bro hug.
Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine has reached out across the Atlantic to tell teammate Bryan Little he was sorry for making waves.
Laine contacted Little shortly after the unsigned star goal scorer’s comments about his linemates created a stir from Finland to the western edge of Winnipeg earlier this week.
Little says he didn’t need an apology, but appreciated getting one anyway.
“He texted me and asked me to call him, so I called him up,” Little said at Jets training camp, Thursday. “And we chatted for a few minutes. He was saying sorry, and apologizing for just the way I think it was interpreted. Which I kind of understood before I even talked to him. I know Patty well enough that he’s not someone that’s going to purposely say negative things, especially about his teammates. And if it’s going to be negative, it’s probably about himself. That’s just the way he is."
Laine, a restricted free agent locked in a contract stalemate with the Jets, made comments to a Finnish newspaper that didn’t reflect well on Little, his centre much of the last two seasons.