Forward Andrew Shaw and the Chicago Blackhawks issued statements Wednesday after Shaw appeared to use a homophobic slur from the penalty box late in Chicago's 4-3 loss to St. Louis in Game 4 of their Western Conference First Round series.
The NHL suspended Shaw Wednesday one game for making the slur and also fined him $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials during the same game. Shaw will also be required to undergo sensitivity traning.
Video: Andrew Shaw's apology
"I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box. When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake."
"We are extremely disappointed in Andrew Shaw's actions last night. His comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization. We are proud to have an inclusive and respectful environment, and to support various initiatives such as the You Can Play Project and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. We will use this opportunity to further educate our players and organization moving forward, so that we all may learn from it."