The is exploring a homophobic slur acquired by microphones during a game at Toronto contrary to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night after videos published online indicated that it might have originated using a Maple Leafs player.

“The is aware of reports that a homophobic slur was used through the Maple Leafs-Lightning game. The team is investigating the incident and will have no further comment until this investigation is completed,” said the s. The analysis, and any subject in the subject, will probably be managed by the ’s department of hockey operations.

At the 2nd period of These 6-2 loss to the Lightning, Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly chased quad forward Yanni Gourde into the Toronto zone during a Tampa Bay penalty kill. Referee Brad Meier reunite with them. On the o conducted by Sportsnet in , there’s a clear gay slur shouted by someone near ice level. The is in the process of discovering who uttered it.

The Leafs issued his own statement following the analysis was announced, from overall manager Kyle Dubas:”The team understands the reports enclosing a homophobic slur used through the Maple Leafs versus Lightning game on Monday night. The issue of homophobia is just one the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club strongly condemns and takes very seriously. We’re in communicating with the and are cooperating fully using their office”

The Maple Leafs have been one of the most vocal supporters of this You Could Play organization, that partnered with the club on Feb. 25 for nighttime that spotlighted LGBTQ hockey community. A public service announcement featuring Toronto Maple Leafs players was be shown in-arena during the game. “The Toronto Maple Leafs are very much part of You Could Play background,” stated Ryan PettengillYou Can Play Executive Director.

The team has punished players earlier for uttering gay slurs throughout matches. Andrew Shaw, afterward with the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended for a single play off game in 2017 after using a gay slur while seated at the penalty box. But later that postseason, the came under fire for only handing Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf a $10,000 fine for exactly what many felt was a gay slur he found in the Western Conference Final.