The so-called fans were thrown out of the arena but they should be banned for life and forced to face criminal charges.
The Blackhawks come into tonight's game with a dismal 1-8 mark in their last nine games and have dropped seven of their last eight on home ice which doesn't bode well for their chances of making a late season push to the playoffs as they now sit 11 points back of the Wild for the final playoff spot.
"The fans were immediately removed and we apologise to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organisation. I think it's disgusting", Trotz told reporters. There's no place for it. "It just shows ignorance", Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said after the game, according toESPN.
The Blackhawks released a statement regarding the incident after the game Saturday. That's where the 25-year-old forward, who is one of the league's few black players, was targeted with racially charged comments from fans seated near the box.
The Capitals and the National Hockey League released statements Sunday condemning the behavior of those who were chanting at Smith-Pelly. The organization apologized, and reaffirmed their stance that they are working towards an "inclusive environment for everyone" and that "these actions will never be tolerated".
This wasn't the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game. All we can do is educate, condemn racism and hope things like tolerance and acceptance aren't just utopian concepts.
Following the match, Smith-Pelly decided not to speak with the media.
The Capitals released a statement saying they are "extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior" by a select group of fans in Chicago.
After DSP was drafted by Anaheim in 2010, played in a rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C. Heard a similar "basketball" comment.
"While this incident was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games". I guess I kind of just stood up and just brushed it off. February is also Black History Month in the United States.
Hearing quite a few teams have really been working the phones on Brassard.including NJ, Carolina, Winnipeg.The Sens are asking for a ton.one assistant GM told me: "a first, a second, a roster player and a goalie prospect". So it's really lonely in that sense.