CHICAGO — A prominent gay rights group affiliated with the NHL says it plans to reach out to the league after Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use a homophobic slur during a 4-3 playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Shaw was sent off for interference at 17:56 of the third period.
While sitting in the penalty box, it appeared as if Shaw was yelling at officials and video of the incident appeared to show him using a homophobic slur.
After the game, Shaw was asked if he had used a slur.
According to The Chicago Tribune, he said, “I mean, emotions are high, I really don’t know what’s said,” Shaw said. “I was obviously upset with the call being that late in the game (as) it doesn’t give us a chance to tie it up."
When asked again if he used the slur, Shaw replied: “Like I just said, I can repeat myself for you. Emotions were high. I don’t know what was said. Obviously, I was upset with the call. It was late in the game like that. I wasn’t happy with the call.”
The NHL’s Hockey Operations has disciplined players in the past for obscene gestures or language.
The You Can Play Project said it planned to reach out to the NHL and tweeted: “We are aware of tonight's incident and will be reaching out to the NHL immediately to assist in an appropriate response.”
We are aware of tonight's incident and will be reaching out to the NHL immediately to assist in an appropriate response.
— You Can Play (@YouCanPlayTeam) April 20, 2016
-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report