NEW YORK (April 20, 2016) – Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game for making use of a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the team’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the St. Louis Blues in Chicago on Tuesday, April 19, the National Hockey League announced today. Shaw also has been fined $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials during the same game. In addition, Shaw will be required to undergo sensitivity training.
Both incidents took place at 17:56 of the third period. Shaw will miss Game 5 of the series on Thursday, April 21, in St. Louis.
“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.”
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.