Hockey players warned over racial taunts

Hockey PEI has sent a memo to all its members reminding them that verbal taunts, insults or intimidation based on discrimination will not be tolerated.

Warning prompted by two cases

Hockey PEI has sent a memo to all its members reminding them that verbal taunts, insults or intimidation based on discrimination will not be tolerated.

This comes after two incidents where older players were disciplined.

Rob Newson, executive director of Hockey PEI, said this type of behaviour is reported once or twice a year, but with two incidents early in the season, Hockey PEI felt it should remind people to maintain respect for each other on and off the ice. 

"They were based on race, the comments, we will say that," said Newson.

"We can't get into the details of exactly what but they were directed in two different incidents not related to each other. And again, it's something that's not tolerable in the game and both incidents have been dealt with accordingly."

Newson said anyone who verbally attacks someone based on their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or language can face a game misconduct or a gross misconduct penalty. They can also be brought before Hockey PEI's discipline and ethics committee.

Newson said he hopes there aren't any more incidents.

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