St. Louis Blues fans were outraged by a controversial referee call during a May 15 game of the Stanley Cups Playoffs.
But they’ve turned their anger into a crowdfunding campaign for the St. Louis Society for the Blind, which has already raised substantial funds towards its goal.
The Ref’s Call
St. Louis Blues fans were collectively enraged by a Western Conference Game 3 call during Wednesday, May 15’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. National Hockey League Ref Marc Joannette–at least according to Blues fans–missed an illegal hand pass, effectively ending the game in favor of the Sharks.
The San Jose Sharks won the game against the Blues 5-4, with many fans claiming the call would have reversed the competition. Many Blues fans feel defeated by the loss and anticipated the opposite outcome in advance of the mid-May game.
The Blues reversed their bad luck with two games against the Sharks, winning 2-1 in Game 4 and 5-0 in Game 5. The Stanley Cup Final will begin in Boston on Memorial Day, May 27.
The GoFundMe Campaign
It might have started as a joke, but it turned into money for a good cause. Blues fan John Randall of Chesterfield, Louisiana, launched a GoFundMe campaign a day after the fateful game.
In a gesture towards the ref’s controversial call, Randall set up a campaign for the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired with a goal of $7,000, writing on the campaign description:
“This fundraiser is being made in honor of Marc Joannette (NHL Ref). Funds go directly to the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Asking for donations from anyone who watched the Blues get completely shafted by a hand pass goal that ended game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night. Turn your anger into passion for a good cause. Let’s go Blues!!!”
The campaign immediately went viral and started gaining traction right away, with many chuckling at the joke while joining together to contribute to a positive cause.
In just four days, Blues fans and sympathizers had already raised nearly $5,000 for the nonprofit organization.