Another Strong Argument For Blacking Out Local NHL Games

So you make one little bomb threat — or three — during a hockey game, and suddenly the police are at your door. Well then take me away, officer, because I thought this was a free country.

Steve Mason's franchise-record 10th shutout of the season was not enough to impress Columbus resident Peter Stenzel, 52, who is evidently a devoted Calgary Flames fan. He called Nationwide Arena three times from his home and threatened to "shoot" and/or "bomb" Mason during the Blue Jackets' 5-0 win over the Flames on Thursday.

According to the Columbus police report, Stenzel was wearing a Calgary Flames T-shirt when he was arrested at his residence in Columbus. He is charged with inducing panic, a misdemeanor.

"They got his number from caller ID, and it was given to special duty officers," Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. "When they got to his residence, he was upset. He's a passionate hockey fan."

Hmm, did Theo Fleury also show up at the house?

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I had no idea it was so difficult being a Canadian living in Columbus. Well here's to you, Mr. crazy I'm-going-to-shoot-Steve-Mason guy. It's nice to see a fan who cares.

Columbus Man Charged With Threatening Blue Jackets [Columbus Dispatch]