A racial slur hurled at Montreal Canadiens defenceman PK Subban from Florida Panthers Krys Barch earned the forward a game misconduct during a scrum at the end of first period Saturday night, according to the Miami Herald’s George Richards.
The Herald’s NHL beat reporter went on to say that linesman Darren Gibbs overheard Barch, who was later tossed, direct a racial slur at Subban before the first intermission.
In a statement to Richards, Panthers General Partner Cliff Viner condemned the slur against Subban, whose parents are originally from Jamaica and Montserrat, and said he was devastated on behalf of his organization.
“This is not what the character of this organization is about – period,” Viner said. “I'm devastated by that kind of behaviour. That is not what we're about as an organization...You play hard, you fight hard. But that's not part of any competition."