We’ve already established that hockey players are the toughest athletes in sports, but now we’re learning that they’re also the most fan-friendly. SI Hot Clicks pointed my attention to the story of Penguins forward Mike Rupp, who hooked up a fan recently.
Rupp slammed into the boards during warmups before a game and knocked over a fan’s beer that was on the railing. The conscientious Rupp “felt terrible about it, so he asked the trainer to grab $10 out of Rupp’s wallet,” says Rupp’s agent Allan Walsh.
“He then wrote an apology on a puck, signed it and taped the $10 bill around it. He went over to the glass, got the guy’s attention and tossed the puck over to him.”
It would be awesome if we had a photo to confirm the story but we’ll take it. Besides, last time we heard about a sports figure handing an autograph to a fan we got this, so no doubt this was a step up.
Mike Rupp: the working man’s friend.