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NHL investigating Krys Barch’s alleged racial slur

Jan 1, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT


NHL Senior Executive Vice President Colin Campbell is investigating an incident from last night’s Florida-Montreal game in which Panthers forward Krys Barch was ejected for alleged racial slur.

The Miami Herald — citing an anonymous league official — said linesman Darren Gibbs heard Barch’s verbal exchange with Montreal’s PK Subban at the end of the first period, interpreted Barch’s comments as racial in nature and ejected Barch based on NHL Rule 23.7 (iii) — game misconduct for racial taunts or slurs.

Barch didn’t address the media following the game. On Sunday, his agent (Scott Norton) spoke with the Herald.

“Krys’ commentary to me is that he did say something,” Norton said. “At the end of the day, we’re confident there will be no further punishment and he will be cleared of wrong doing and his name will be cleared. Krys is a family man with kids, his whole family is in Canada and are hearing this everywhere. It’s tough on all of them.

“He hopes there is an understanding that there was no ill intent on his part. It was a misunderstanding. He wants his record to be clean when all this is over.”

Subban did speak to the media following the game — a 3-2 win for the Panthers — and said he was unaware Barch had directed comments his way.

“Personally, I didn’t hear anything. I don’t even know what happened, really,” Subban said. “A couple of guys on the ice told me that something was said. I don’t know what was said. I didn’t hear it. As far as I’m concerned it’s really out of my hands, so I don’t really know too much about it.”

TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that Barch is not expected to address the allegations until the NHL’s investigation has concluded.

  1. me6661973 - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    There is no room for that anymore! I glad for our black players like Wayne and Subban goes out there get hardat it they don’t deserve be hated in that manner! Toss him out NHL forgood the next time!

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      It will never end. And it’s a shame too. Who cares if you are caucasian or african american. If you can play hockey, then you can play hockey. It is important for victims of racial attacks to hold their heads high. It’s something I work on everytime I am on the ice. And I’m sure players like P.K. and Simmers work on it too. They are role models for the younger generations.

  2. blomfeld - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    only a coward resorts to this type of ugly and hurtful behavior … a coward who hides behind the protection of strength in numbers … I wonder if this Barch idiot would have the balls to walk into the Oakland Raiders locker room and start mouthing off like that ? … somehow I think not ? …

  3. tonyseesred - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    all im going to say is im pretttyy sure that the term “You fucking faggot” is thrown around plenty on the ice. Whats the difference in saying that or calling a guy a “nigger?” Not to mention, “African Americans” of all ages, shapes and sizes throw the word around themselves. Heated game, everyone was talking trash, its hockey and certainly doesnt make him a racist. Just slipped off his tounge. It happens. Barch SHOULD be fined, anything more than that would be way over dramatic and unrealistic.

  4. jbandit2116 - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    What in gods name is that first comment trying to say!?!?

  5. gw79 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    A slur is a slur no matter the origin or the intent…happens all the time on the ice and on the fields…Is it right? Of course not…but a big part of the “game”

  6. stakex - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    If he was talking to a Russian player, he could have called him a commie bastard all he wanted and no one would have said anything. Say something that can be interprited as racial to a black player though, and you get ejected and probably fined? How fair is that?

    Look, I’m not for using racial slurs normaly…. in fact, pretty much never. However when your on the ice, its a different world that you simply cannot understand if you have never played compedative hockey. You would not believe some of the nasty/foul things you hear out there ALL THE TIME. Using a racisl slur is actualy pretty tame by comparison to a lot of the things you hear on the ice. You also hear slurs directed at players nationalities quite often… which is normaly fine.

    At the end of the day, if your going to let players say whatever nasty/foul/violent crap they can thing of… how can you then turn around and throw them out of the game for what MIGHT have been a racial slur? Especially when slurs directed at other races/nationalities are perfectly fine?

  7. goalie32 - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    This is never going to change unless the African American population changes their ways.. You cant use the N word routinely in songs and conversation and then get all mad when a white person uses it. And dont give me the bull about different spelling and the like. You dont like the word, ban it for everyone or live with it.

  8. danphipps01 - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Hilarious. The NHL has automatic suspensions for racial slurs and absolutely jack shit for homosexual, political and national ones. Like a couple other readers have rightly pointed out, you can toss any number of slurs out about Russians or gays. What the fuck is the difference? Calling someone a “fucking faggot,” which in your garden-variety NHL game probably gets tossed out at least a dozen times, is as offensive to gays as “nigger” is to African-Americans (or in P.K.’s case, Afro-Canadians). There’s no difference save who they target. They’re all equally moronic. Take a coherent stance – equal punishments or no punishments. Simple as that.

  9. yettyskills - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    This is a Florida Panthers issue, if they want to employ players who say such things to other players while wearing their uniform, that is their call. The NHL as a league should stay out of it.

  10. rosco666 - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Of course he said something rotten!
    Not an issue, just a part of hockey, and part of all sports in general.

    Verbal intimidation goes with checking/cross checking, poking/spearing, stick butting, fighting, shoving, tripping, and all of the other irritating “hockey” things that border on assault and abuse. Some are considered worthy of a penalty, and sometimes a few are actually caught and called as a penalty. Harassment of every ilk is simply hockey, and goes without question.

    That’s what it’s all about! Man-up sweetheart!
    Put your big-boy pants on and just play hockey!

    Otherwise, just make the rules so senseless and silly that Goldilocks, Snow White, the Pope, and Lady GaGa are among the few allowed to play in the NHL.

    I’d rather watch roller derby.

  11. didyoureallysaythatchump - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I never will understand how white people say “Just because he used a racial slur. It doesn’t make him racist”. My question is what does it make him? That’s like saying just because he sucks cock doesn’t make him homosexual. Hands down this dude is racist, and should be dealt with. Another thing stop comparing being black to being gay those are two totally different issues. You can hide being gay but you can never hide being black. When we use the word Niggah it coming from a totally different place than when a guy like this uses it. I compare it to when chicks call each other or themselves a bitch. It’s ok for them to do it but when a guy tries it; It doesn’t work out so well. I think this dude should be suspended and fined, and forced to make a public apology for being a lil bitch……

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