AHL gives San Jose Sharks-minor leaguer a 30-game suspension for making racist gesture toward opponent

San Jose Barracuda forward Krystof Hrabik has actually been suspended by the AHL for 30 video games after making a racist gesture towards Tucson Roadrunners left wing Boko Imama, who is Black. The event occurred throughout the Roadrunners’ 4-3 win on Jan. 12. 

Roadrunners personnel notified the AHL of Hrabik directing a monkey gesture towards Imama after the video game, and the league validated the event through video. An examination introduced the following day, and beginning then the Barracuda kept Hrabik from all group activities. 

The San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate will now lose Hrabik till a minimum of April 3 while he serves the suspension. Hrabik, who’s currently served 3 video games of the suspension, can request early reinstatement on March 12 “based on an evaluation of his progress in the necessary education and training with the Player Inclusion Committee.”

“The Barracuda and San Jose Sharks organizations were appalled to learn of this incident,” the Barracuda stated in a declaration. “We offer our sincerest apologies to Boko, the Roadrunners organization, the AHL, our fans, and the entire hockey community. While we support the ability for individuals to atone and learn from disrespectful incidents in this context, these actions are in direct opposition to the Sharks and Barracuda organizations’ values.”

This isn’t Imama’s very first encounter with racist habits in the AHL. Brandon Manning, then a defenseman with the Ontario Reign, got a five-game suspension from the league after directing a racial slur towards Imama in January 2020. The 2 dropped gloves when their groups satisfied weeks later on. 

“The AHL stands with Boko Imama,” AHL president Scott Howson stated in a declaration. “It is unfair that any player should be subjected to comments or gestures based on their race; they should be judged only on their ability to perform as a player on the ice, as a teammate in the locker room and as a member of their community.”

Imama, a 27-year-old previous Tampa Bay Lightning draft choice, has 8 points (4 objectives, 4 helps) over 27 video games with the Roadrunners this season. Hrabik, 22, has actually scored 4 points (one objective, 3 helps) through 21 video games with the Barracuda. 



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