Absurd skit sees Wild mascot 'strike' Blackhawks rival 10 times
Nordy, the Wild's mascot, staged a mock beating of Blackhawks rival Tommy Hawk during a game Thursday. (Twitter/screengrab)
A skit involving the Minnesota Wild’s mascot has received negative reviews from fans and apparently got the NHL team a call from the league brass.
The Wild invited mascots from across the league to attend Nordy’s “birthday” celebration during a game against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday, and part of the fun at the intermission was having Blackhawks rival Tommy Hawk hold up a pinata for Nordy to whack.
The public address announcer told Nordy he’d get “one swing” with a baseball bat while blindfolded, and instead of striking the pinata, Nordy struck Tommy Hawk in the chest as part of the staged event.
After dropping the bat, Nordy picked it up again and proceed to lightly tap Tommy Hawk, who was now laying on the ice, nine more times.
“Nordy, you hit the pinata,” the announcer said. “Keep swinging. Keep swinging. Keep swinging.”
Following the mock beating, Nordy removed his blindfold and feigned shock and embarrassment while Tommy Hawk was dragged off the ice by other mascots.
The skit was in response to Tommy Hawk shoving a cake in Nordy’s face earlier in the game.
The Wild posted a clip of the skit to Twitter, and it elicited a wide range of reactions.
“Okay, this is funny. As much as I hate the Hawks, I must applaud this,” wrote one user, while another added “hopefully the Wild puts the same kind of beatdown on the Hawks Sunday.”
Others chimed in by making fun of the Wild for not having won a Stanley Cup championship while the Blackhawks boast three since 2010.
But most people were not too happy to see that level of violence, whether it be real or not.
“Good thing to teach kids,” one Twitter user wrote. “Violence to people you dislike is the right thing to do.”
“I wonder how many parents had to explain to their children in the audience that it’s not okay to hit anyone with a bat,” wrote another.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Wild received a call from the league and are expected to make a statement later Friday.