CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home
games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante
The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals.
”Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago
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in an email to The Associated Press.
Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of Saturday
night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled ”basketball,
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is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified United
Center security and the fans were promptly ejected.
”Totally unacceptable in our game Authentic
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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate ahead of Monday
night’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings.
”We’ve got to learn from something like that. It can’t happen.”
Quenneville said he talked to Washington coach Barry Trotz on Sunday and
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