It’s not quite a man-bites-dog story, but an East Hartford, Conn., man was arrested after he allegedly tackled and punched “Pucky the Whale,” the mascot for the minor league Connecticut Whale hockey team, over the weekend.
Kevin O’Connell, 28, has been banned from the XL Center after he allegedly assaulted the mascot in the stands during an American Hockey League game Saturday night, according to the Hartford Courant.
O’Connell, said to have been intoxicated, told police he attacked Pucky over a bet. He was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear in Superior Court in Hartford.
Pucky was greeting young fans in the stands near section 105 Saturday night when O’Connell tackled and punched the whale, police said.