No matter how the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Western Conference final finished on Monday night, the London Nationals were not going to let the issue of an alleged racial slur go by the board.
During the second period of Game 6 in St. Thomas, the Nationals claim they heard a racial slur directed at Noah and Brendan Schwartz, Nationals Jewish players. Coach Tim Flynn said it was a reference to “Hitler.”
The Stars deny anyone playing or coaching said anything derogatory to the players. The game referees warned the Stars between periods and investigated.
Monday night, before Game 7 of the Stars-Nationals series, Flynn was still fuming about what happened. He didn’t accept the Stars explanation that “no one said anything.”
“I couldn’t sleep last night,” Flynn said. “It bothered me more than losing. I’m not going to let it go, no matter what happens. “
Flynn said he’ll continue to talk about it until something is done. Flynn said the Schwartz family also planned to pursue the issue.
The Nationals contacted the league about what happened. Nationals general manager Tim Simmons talked to Western Conference commissioner Mark Ellis.
“We were told to just worry about Game 7 and then see what happens,” Simmons says.
Flynn said the incident upset everyone.
“It was really offside,” he said. “It brought back a lot of bad memories for the family. We were all bothered by it. We didn’t hear a word from St. Thomas about it.”