Blackhawks Forward Andrew Shaw Suspended and Fined

USATSI_9260068_154158418_lowresChicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game and has been fined $5,000 for his actions during Game Four of his team’s series against the St. Louis Blues.

The incident took place on Tuesday night in Chicago at 17:56 of the third period.

The 24-year-old was suspended for the use of a homophobic slur. The fine was for an inappropriate gesture directed toward on-ice officials. The suspension includes some sensitivity training for Shaw.

“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”

Shaw expressed remorse on Wednesday, stating that the behaviour was not indicative of his character.

“I came here to talk to you guys today,” he said. “I wanted to apologize for my actions. I have no excuses for anything. I want to apologize to the gay and lesbian community. That’s not the type of guy I am.”

Shaw’s remarks came before the announcement of the suspension and he said he watched video of the incident when he returned home after the game.

“It was hard to see. Emotions got the best of me and I didn’t get any sleep last night. It was tough on me,” Shaw said. “You know, I’m upset with myself, obviously. I want to apologize to the organization, the NHL, my teammates, my family and my friends. I don’t know; obviously I’m sorry. It’s a tough time for me right now.”

Team captain Jonathan Toews stated that the situation could be a teachable moment, with more attention required to “scrutinize” these sorts of situations more.

Shaw has four points in four games for Chicago, plus he’s had nine shots on goal.

Most in the NHL community resoundingly condemned Shaw’s actions and behaviour, including Don Cherry, and this does seem to be an issue that the league is prepared to take on. The partnership formed with You Can Play has shed some light on the matter and that’s a good thing.


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