The Washington Capitals want to reward a youth hockey team that stood up to racism. The Maryland-based Metro Maple Leafs found themselves in the news after one of their players heard racist taunts during a game. The team banded together to defend that teammate, and that drew the attention of the Capitals.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 9, 2019
During a recent tournament, one of the players on the Metro Maple Leafs started hearing racist taunts. Divyne Apollon II, who is black, heard the n-word, among other things, according to the Washington Post.
“So Divyne, 13, the only black player on his Maryland hockey team, wasn’t prepared for the monkey sounds another team’s players made at him. And the n-word. And the constant chants of “Get off the ice! Go play basketball!”
In the third period of that game, Apollon’s teammates had enough. They brawled with the other team to defend Apollon. The 13-year-old Apollon was suspended for the rest of the tournament.
After Apollon explained what happened, the team’s parents decided to take action. One of the team moms, Tammi Lynch, designed logos with the word “Racism” crossed out by a hockey stick.
After Divyne was suspended from his game due to a fight at the end of his most recent game. It was revealed he'd been ridiculed with "monkey sounds" by some of the white players from the opposing teams. Which opened a bigger investigation to discover he's been dealing with this for some time, being called the "n" word, being told "he belongs in basketball not hockey". The parents & his fellow teammates created this sticker & all wore it into tonight's game as a sign of solidarity towards Divyne & I! #TeamAPOLLONHockey
A post shared by Divyne credit (@divynecredit) on Dec 29, 2018 at 8:50pm PST
The team and parents have displayed the sticker during games.
This is cool from PK Subban (with sound — sent encouraging message to a 13-yo hockey player who's been dealing with racist taunts) pic.twitter.com/JF9H7mMnIR
— Kaelen Jones (@kaelenjones) January 7, 2019
On top of going to the game, the Metro Maple Leafs will also have a chance to meet Capitals players after the contest.
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