According to a Columbus police report, a man wearing a Calgary Flames jersey has been arrested and charged with inducing panic after placing at least three threatening phone calls to the Blue Jackets — specifically targeting [rookie goaltender Steve] Mason — during Thursday’s 5-0 win over the Flames.
Charged with the misdemeanour, Peter Stenzel, 52, was picked up at his Dublin, Ohio, home.
“They got his number from caller ID, and it was given to special duty officers,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner told the Columbus Dispatch Friday.
“When they got to his residence, he was upset. He’s a passionate hockey fan.”
Security was on edge at the Nationwide Arena, and there was a beefed-up police presence because of the phone calls that came in between 7:45 and 8:11 p.m., between the end of the first period and start of the second.
Special-duty officers were placed around all the arenas entrances.
Sources told the Dispatch Stenzel threatened to “shoot” and “bomb” Mason during the game.
“It’s nice to see a fan who cares,” writes Deadspin. Hilarity!