Winnipeg Jets fans don track suits to mock Evander Kane at Sunday's game
A number of fans accessorized with 'money phones' and pictures of crying babies
Winnipeg Jets fans wore their best track suits at Sunday's game against the Buffalo Sabres to mock former player Evander Kane — but it didn't help propel the team to a win. The Jets lost 4-2.
A number of the outfits were accessorized with "money phones" and pictures of crying babies. Kane once posted a photograph of himself to Instagram pretending to use a stack of cash as a phone.
"I think he's a great player but he seems like a spoiled little brat," said Bobby J. St. Laurent, who had a baby soother hanging from a string around his neck. The back of his Winnipeg Jets jersey read, "Cry Baby Kane."
St. Laurent is a life-long Jets fan, and he was thrilled to see Kane go in 2015.
"I knew that he was a cancer in the dressing room," he said.
Still, he saw Sunday's game of one of good fun with a friendly environment in spite of Kane's history with the Jets.
"One of the few, one of the few," he said, laughing as a Sabres fan showed off his Jersey at the MTS Centre.
"I don't hate Evander Kane. I don't think anyone does," St. Laurent said.
"We just want to give him a little needle and have some fun with it. He'll be smirking all the way with this."
Johnny Johnson showed up to Sunday's game wearing a donkey mask.
"I don't want to say it on TV, but I think it speaks for itself," he said of the costume, turning around to reveal "The Natural" written on the back of his track suit jacket, before pointing to the mask.
"Evander Kane's a spectacle. He's always been a spectacle in Winnipeg. He likes the attention whether it's good or bad. I think everybody thinks he's a bit of a punk," Johnson said before leaving to find his seat.
Joel Dann and Erika Skaftfeld carried signs cut out to resemble thought bubbles.
"Winnipeg is a fishbowl," one of the signs read. "I feel unappreciated," read another.
"We pay to come. We can pay to make fun of him a little bit," Skaftfeld said.
"It's not very nice, but," she said, shrugging as her voice trailed off.
Sunday was Kailey Guillemin's first Winnipeg Jets game, and she wore a bright, yellow track suit to it. She said she and her boyfriend have followed the story of Kane's track suit since it happened.
"I never would have thought that this would be the first game that I'd get to go to. I just want to see what it's going to be like once he steps foot on the ice," she said.
Brett Willsmore and Alex Edney wore jerseys with pictures of screaming babies taped to their backs.
"We figured we'd dress as a baby because Kane's a big baby," Willsmore said.
Edney said Kane was not the right fit for Winnipeg, especially because of the city's love for the game.
"We're a passionate city. We love this sport. If you don't like us, you don't belong here," he said.
He described feeling excited when he learned Kane was going to Buffalo.
"Oh, man. Tyler Myers, Stafford, [it was] hell of a trade," he said.
Chad Sheppard and his friends approached the game with caution, wearing protective suits.
"There's a serious disease going around, and we really had to protect everybody," he said, adding the "disease" has gone to Buffalo.
"We had to come out and be at this game just to make sure it doesn't spread."
In the end, those who wanted the costumes to affect how Kane — and the rest of the Sabres — played, may have left disappointed. Buffalo beat Winnipeg with a final score of 4-2.