Local athletes concerned over recent fan interference

Two incidents were reported in the past two weeks

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sports fans have used laser pointers to distract players from an opposing team a couple of times in national leagues recently.

No matter what the sport, athletes want a fair game. Local athletes that 22News spoke with Friday said they expect their fans to want the same.

Thursday night, a Montreal fan used a laser pointer to try to distract Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the Canadiens 6-4 victory. In the week before, the NFL’s Detroit Lions barred a teenager from the field for using a laser pointer against the Buffalo Bills.

22News visited with some of the players from the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center today, and they said they try to perform to the best of their abilities and perform distraction-free.

Mike Hoeffel, a forward for the Falcons, said, “The fact that that’s going on is, you know, kind of bothersome, I’m sure, for many of the players.”

The Springfield Falcons said they’ve never had an issue with lasers and only expect their fans to be loud and engaged. You can cheer the Falcons on Saturday night at their home opener at the MassMutual Center against the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7pm.

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