Winnipeg Jets fan says he was punched, robbed of his jersey in Montreal

Published June 9, 2021 at 10:00 PM

Alex Wojakowski says he was punched and robbed of his Winnipeg Jets jersey while walking home from the Habs game on Monday, June 7, 2021. (Submitted photo)

MONTREAL -- Alex Wojakowski still has scratches on his face and is walking with a limp after he says he was punched, shoved and had his Winnipeg Jets jersey ripped off while walking home from the Habs game Monday night.

After watching the Montreal Canadiens sweep the series against the Jets at the Bell Centre, the 23-year-old was walking near the intersection of St. Catherine and St. Hubert streets around 11:30 p.m. when a group of about seven men allegedly started verbally harassing him. He said he crossed the street to avoid them, but then suddenly three of them started yelling "give us your jersey, we're going to burn your jersey."

«Then they rushed me and three of them punched me on the side of the head. One of them pushed me and he scratched me across the face,» he said in an interview Wednesday.
"And then I tried to run to get away, and then one of them grabbed my jersey from the back, and he was trying to rip it off me and they were just really adamant on getting my jersey. So I just said okay, here, take my jersey."

Wojakowski said he's lived in Montreal since moving here from Winnipeg in the summer of 2019 and while he has faced taunts and nasty comments from other hockey fans for wearing jerseys from other teams (he's also a Leafs fan), it's never been violent.

Credit: CTVnews
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