The NHL is facing another winter of controversy after a leaked video showing a Calgary Flames player allegedly making racist remarks at a Vancouver Canucks game was posted online by the Vancouver Sun.
A second video showing the same player making similar remarks at an Edmonton Oilers game was also posted on Thursday.
The videos, which have been viewed more than 100,000 times, show Flames forward Michael Stone telling a fan in Vancouver, “I think we’re going to get a big jump in the standings.
I think we’ll go into the playoffs.”
The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have both had heated exchanges this season.
Edmonton is 1-6-1 since the end of February and Calgary is 3-5-0.
“The comments that were made in that video were offensive and hurtful and do not reflect the values and culture of the Edmonton Oilers organization,” Edmonton said in a statement Thursday.
Brett Kulka, the Flames head coach, also apologized for the comments, calling them “inappropriate and inappropriate” and “unacceptable.”
The videos were taken by a fan at the end-of-season festivities in Vancouver and posted to YouTube by the newspaper.
The Calgary Flames released a statement Friday saying it was “disappointed” in the video’s release.
“We take all incidents of racism, sexism and homophobia seriously and are reviewing the matter and taking appropriate action,” the statement said.
The Flames are one of four teams that have not made the playoffs this season and the only one to make the playoffs since the 2009-10 season.
The Calgary Sun’s report was a revelation to the NHL’s governing body, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, which has had its hands full dealing with a spate of high-profile sexual assault allegations against players in the past year.
It has been more than a month since the league’s top brass was told of the allegations.
The league has launched an internal investigation into the allegations and will decide whether to discipline its players.