Race versus Hockey
In any sport, professional or not, there will always be those who considered the “other”. In the world of hockey, black players are perceived as that other, or outsider due to the low number of them in the sport. Especially in the National Hockey league (NHL), which is predominantly white, the few black players receive racial gestures and slurs from fans, media, other players etc. As more and more black players play in the NHL, the incidents of racism continue to grow. Players such as Wayne Simmonds, Evander Kane, Kevin Weekes, among others have all been subject to racial gestures and slurs of late. In an age where racism should be non-existent, racism still lingers in many sports, including the NHL. Predominantly a white sport, hockey, and more specifically the NHL, deals with acts of racism towards the few black players from both on and off the ice.
Of the majority of sports in the world, hockey is one of the classiest sports. Although it is a rough and tough sport, the respect the players have for each other is staggering. Yet, there are those who like to dampen that status. There are those who play dirty, those who do not follow the rules of the game, and those who like to run their mouth. In recent years in the NHL, there have been a number of cases of players making racial comments to other players, namely the black players of the league. Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has been victim of numerous racial slurs on and off the ice. In a game versus the New York Rangers, tough guy/agitator Sean Avery was accused of making a racist comment towards Simmonds during an on-ice altercation (Shoalts, 2012). Playing tough is part of the game, and is something that makes this sport so enjoyable to play and watch. Yet when it comes to the point where players are racist towards one another, there is a major problem at hand that needs fixing.
The worst of the racial comments comes from not the players or the media, but from the fans of the...