Tavares reaches out to kid Islanders fan mocked at Jets game

Eleven-year-old Jake Lotocki was verbally abused by fans at a recent Winnipeg Jets game because he...

Eleven-year-old Jake Lotocki was verbally abused by fans at a recent Winnipeg Jets game because he was wearing a New York Islanders jersey. (Supplied)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

WINNIPEG - A QMI Agency 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 QMI on Wednesday.


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