Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals was born in Toronto to parents who migrated from Barbados. He used to hear racist taunts playing in youth hockey tournaments, but told the Washington Post this season that "I've [heard] nothing in the NHL." On Wednesday night, Ward scored the series-winning goal against the Boston Bruins in overtime of Game 7.
The kind of racist language that Ward had avoided throughout his NHL career bubbled to the surface like sewage on social media.
Some of the reaction collected by Capitals Outsider after Ward's game-winner (Strong Language Warning):
"Hey Joel Ward!! You [expletive] spear chucking monkey, why don't you actually DO SOMETHING. You're totally irrelevant"
"How the [expletive] did Joel ward get out of my plantation? #WheresMyCotton"
"Warning to Joel Ward. Your one of three black guys in Canada. I will find you…and I will kill you."
And so on. There was outrage across the hockey world about the language being used about Ward, and on Thursday morning Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis thanked those who called out the offending parties via his blog titled "Keyboard courage and ignorance":
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Edited by , April 27, 2012 - 02:38 PM.