The Chicago Blackhawks have taken swift action against fans who chanted racist taunts at a black Washington Capitals player.
Caps forward Devante Smith-Pelly was sent to the penalty box after a fight during the third period of Saturday’s game. According to Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post, four Blackhawks fans up against the box began chanting “Basketball! Basketball!” at him.
Smith-Pelly confronted the fans through the glass, and all four were ejected by arena security. On Monday, the team announced that the fans have been banned from all future Blackhawks games.
Blackhawks have contacted the ejected fans from Saturday night and told them they are banned from future games. Via a team spokesperson: "Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks."
Teravainen scored two goals in the Stanley Cup Final, including the game-winner in Game 1. You can understand why the ladies might want to get up close and personal with him, but — as our boy Big Cat from Barstool Sports mentioned — it seems like something may have been lost in translation there.
Blackhawks fans have done some pretty ruthless things (here’s one of them), but this is the first we’ve heard from a player about overly-horny female fans.
Justin Bieber infuriated thousands of Chicago Blackhawks fans earlier this month while taking pictures of the Stanley Cup before a show at the United Center. Bieber stood on the Blackhawks team logo in their locker room, which is a big no-no and a sign of disrespect in the NHL. The general consensus is that the Canadian-born Bieber should have known that.
Over the weekend, a group of outraged Blackhawks fans took revenge into their own hands at the team’s annual fan convention. Chris Wilkerson, Mark Wegener and Josh Kaye came up with the idea of starting a Twitter account called @StandOnBieber and bringing a giant cutout of Bieber’s face to the convention. You can probably guess what’s coming next.
Chicago Blackhawks fan Frank Miller has come up with an idea for those fans who cannot show up to work rocking a playoff beard. Rather than going months without shaving, Miller decided he would let his front lawn grow until the Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup. Shaving can be an epic pain in the you-know-what, and so can mowing the grass. That’s what makes the idea so genius.
However, officials from Miller’s suburb of Park Ridge were not on board with the idea. The lawn had gotten incredibly long at one point, and last month a city worker was ordered to put an end to it.
“I was watching the playoffs one night with my son and hear a lawn mower going off, and I come outside, ‘What are you doing?'” Miller told NBC 5 in Chicago on Monday. “The guy was cutting my lawn with a giant industrial-sized mower, and he said that the city had come and paid him to cut my lawn.”
Either the city got sick of looking at it or neighbors called to complain. Despite the lawn being chopped down, the Blackhawks managed to fight their way to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they will face the Boston Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday night. And Miller is hoping he doesn’t get another unexpected visit from a city employee, because he has been growing the playoff lawn again since they cut it.
“Everybody drives by and beeps at it,” Miller said. “People stop and take pictures. It’s awesome.”
Shaving in the middle of a playoff run is believed to be bad luck, but the trimming of the playoff lawn beard has not cost the Blackhawks just yet. Our very own LB’s epic playoff beard helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup two years ago, and Miller is hoping his lawn can prevent them from doing it again. If not, the town of Park Ridge could be to blame.