Classless Jets fans hurl abuse at 11-year-old in Tavares jersey

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 photo)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:33 PM ET

WINNIPEG - We've all heard and read about bad hockey parents. Go to a few games and you're bound to find them abusing officials or screaming at the kids on the ice.

The problem has become so rampant Winnipeg hockey parents will be required to take an online Respect in Sport program, beginning next season.

But what about the good hockey parents who do the right thing and teach their kids the right things, only to have it all but undone at a Winnipeg Jets game?

Thats what happened to hockey mom Sue Lotocki of Charleswood, last week.

Lotocki took her 11-year-old son, Jake, to the Jets-New York Islanders game, a huge deal for the kid, whos been an Islanders fan since he was two.

Every time the Jets have played the Islanders, we always try to get him there, and we havent had any success, Lotocki said. So finally this year we were able to get him tickets. And he was pretty excited.

Even though his favourite player was out with a knee injury, Jake was all gung-ho to wear his John Tavares jersey.

Now, mom knew what thatd mean. Probably some good-natured ribbing from Jets fans in the stands.


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