Black Hockey Player Leaves Team After Racist Attack From Team Mate

Published October 27, 2023 at 4:04 PM

It is the year 2023 but racist actions continue to be prevalent in the hockey world. Today we found out about a racist attack that occurred during the 2021-22 season.

Westhead Reveals Racist Attack

NHL reported Rick Westhead, made famous by pursuing stories others would rather see swept under the rug, reported this morning that a member of the U15 AAA team in Gatineau, Quebec, Intrépide de l'Outaouais, was attacked by a white team mate who forced him onto the floor and pressed his knee on the victim's neck.

The attacking player only relented when the victim said, "I can't breath," a phrase made famous by George Floyd, a black American that was murdered by a police officer pressing his knee on Floyd's neck.

Reportedly, the player in question, along with another black player on the team, had already been victims of constant verbal abuse, including references to slavery. The racism followed the players around the rinks and in their personal lives away from the ice.

"More than 14 'racist gestures and remarks' have been noted in the investigation and lawyer Jules Bernier indicates that the events 'occurred on several occasions in the locker room, on the ice and at school'."

Westhead pointed out that the hockey world still protects those who have made racist comments or actions as most organizations still fail to be transparent when it comes to individuals who have been reprimanded for word-related incidents.

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Black Hockey Player Leaves Team After Racist Attack From Team Mate

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