Blackhawks fans ejected for racist taunts at Capitals player


Devante Smith-Pelly was forced to listen to racial slurs while in the penalty box Saturday against the Blackhawks in Chicago.

A group of fans were removed from a game in Chicago on Saturday night for remarks aimed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly.

Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals and Carl Dahlstrom #63 of the Chicago Blackhawks battle for the puck along the boards at the United Center on February 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization.

"There is absolutely no place in the game of hockey, or our country, for racism". "I think it's disgusting". There's no place for it. Athletes in our country don't deserve that. "It just shows ignorance".

The NHL has roughly 30 black players, the Tribune reported.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that Smith-Pelly has been subjected to such treatment from fans.

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Smith-Pelly was not present during the post-game interviews, as he was notedly upset by the incident, according to Trotz.

Smith-Pelly reacted, and an off-ice official sitting next to him in the penalty box notified building security.

The Chicago Blackhawks also released a statement following the incident. In 2017 he told the Toronto Star that he had been told to "go back to playing basketball" in the past by a fan.

The league sponsors a program called "Hockey is For Everyone", that it says, "uses the game of hockey - and the League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities".

"I can't go to anyone on my team and have them understand really how it is to be in my shoes", said Smith-Pelly.

He will have the opportunity to address what happened after the Capitals arrived in Buffalo on Sunday, a day before they play the Sabres. "You don't really have anyone".