Bettman not welcome at salon

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attends a press conference before Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final...

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attends a press conference before Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey playoff in Vancouver, British Columbia June 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

PAUL TURENNE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, and the rest of the boys are welcome to free haircuts any time, but Gary Bettman, well, he can suck it.

That's the message from Ashley Newton, owner of Vixin Salon and Beauty Bar on Princess Street, who is proof Winnipeg's NHL games won't be attended only by men in sports jackets and beer-fuelled college boys.

"Do you think in Atlanta there are two girls in a hair salon talking about hockey? I don't think so," Newton said while discussing the NHL with client Lindsey Anderson on Friday.

Anderson got season tickets Thursday, while Newton plans on getting some Saturday.

"I never thought I'd get season tickets to the NHL, so I'm pretty stoked," said Anderson, who was sporting a hoodie from the band Comeback Kids that was made to resemble a Jets logo.

When Newton heard the big news Tuesday, she decided to decorate the salon's windows in celebration.

"I just thought it was awesome we got them back and I think we should support them," she said.

One paint job reads "NHL, welcome back baby," while another one on the front door invites NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to "suck it."

"I think he's a snake," Newton said. "The booing at the speech he gave (in Winnipeg Tuesday) is an indication of our feelings towards him in Winnipeg. I remember going to Jets games when I was little. There's some bitter feelings there even though I was very young."

Newton made an informal offer Friday that she'd happily give free haircuts to any of Winnipeg's new NHL players, as well as offering discounts to season ticket holders.

That courtesy will not extend to the commissioner.

"Gary Bettman isn't welcome in my salon. If he came in I'd tell him to get out," Newton said.


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