May 8, 2013
Maple Leafs hook up knocked-out fan with tix
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
The Oshawa native attended Game 2 in Boston in full Leafs regalia, along with six friends to celebrate his 23rd birthday, but the evening had a sour ending, despite Toronto’s 4-2 win.
Hay and his pals were heckled all game and had things thrown at them, before he was knocked out cold by a sucker-punch thrown by a Bruins fan while exiting the arena.
“From what I’ve been told, when I hit the landing in between the stairs I got tagged in the left side of my face and was knocked out cold for apparently three to five minutes, just lying there motionless,” he previously told the Toronto Sun.
Hay ended up in hospital with three staples in the back of his head, a concussion and a cut inside his mouth.
A social media effort quickly took form after a YouTube video surfaced showing Hay unconscious aiming to get Hay tickets to a game in Toronto this week.
A member of the MLSE media relations staff told the Sun he expected something to be done for Hay, and the organization confirmed on Tuesday night that Hay was given two tickets to take in the pivotal Game 4 of the Leafs-Bruins series.
Hay had said he’d be happy to take the tickets, but didn’t deserve them any more than any other passionate Leafs supporter.