Racist hockey fans lash out at Joel Ward after Capitals game-winning goal against the Bruins

Black player scores game-winning goal in Game 7, and racists come out of the woodwork

4/26/12 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

April 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) scores the game-winning goal while right wing Mike Knuble (22) screens Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the first overtime period in game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. The Washington Capitals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIREJoel Ward scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals in overtime against the Bruins, and it unleashed one of the more disgusting worlds of professional sports.

See, Joel Ward is an African-American, one of very few in the NHL.

Apparently, that's all it takes for a few idiots to absolutely unleash some offensive racist rants on Twitter.

Some sites attribute it to Bruins fans, but when you look at the actual Twitter users, it's clear that this isn't specifically a Boston problem, there are Red Wings and Sabres fans in there, as well as folks from Philadelphia, Ontario, and many other places.

There's no excuse for this kind of nonsense, and it's something to keep in mind as we move forward. Only a few weeks ago, we celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the man who desegregated baseball. Now, decades later, people are throwing around the same words that Robinson endured, just because someone scored a goal.

On a good note, the reaction to these people has been outstanding. There has been widespread anger, and so far I've seen no one try to defend these disgusting statements.

Ironically, one of the best moments following the game was courtesy of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, whom some have called racist for declining an invitation to visit the White House with the team after last year's Stanley Cup championship.

After the post-game handshakes, Thomas skated over to a young Bruins fan and told him to keep smiling. Classy move by a guy who, despite the political move that pissed off an awful lot of people, has been a pretty classy guy throughout his time with the Bruins. This could be his last game with the Bruins, since there are already trade rumors swirling as the Bruins contemplate moving on with Tuukka Rask as their starter.

Regardless, check out Thomas' moment with the young fan:

Video hat tip to Puck Daddy
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4/26/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This wasn't a Boston thing, this was a morons on Twitter thing. It's not the first time (see all I know "so-and-so on the Hunger Games is black??? tweets).

4/26/12   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Fixed, thanks for the heads up.

4/26/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Well said, and great video of Thomas-- I'm glad you included that. As a New York fan it'd be easy to jump on the city of Boston for this disgusting display, but as you noted, this isn't specific to the region. It's simply indicative of the very ugly, unforgiveable side of people that is drawn out by the anonymity of the Internet. The only thing you can do raise your own standards on Twitter, Facebook, etc etc. and hope people follow. No pun intended.

Also, Jackie Robinson, the man who desegregated baseball ;) That's just one of those unfortunate typos.