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SportVIDEO: Washington Capitals surprise bullied black hockey player’s team with invitation to game

21:06  11 january  2019
21:06  11 january  2019 Source:   usatodayhss.com

Capitals invite hockey team that defended teammate from racial taunts to game

Capitals invite hockey team that defended teammate from racial taunts to game One youth hockey team stood firm in the face of racism. The Washington Capitals want to reward a youth hockey team that stood up to racism. 

The Capitals surprised a 13-year-old hockey player who faced racist taunts on the ice by inviting him and his team to attend a game in Washington . In a video shown to the team on Tuesday night, the Capitals ' John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly personally invited Apollon II and the entire team to

29, the Washington Capitals forward wanted to do something to show his support. Invitation from Smith-Pelly, Carlson to game vs. Blues recognizes 'there are people who have your back'. Smith-Pelly was quick to note that his Capitals teammates also supported him after the incident in Chicago

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It's always nice when someone - or some group - comes forward and tries to remedy a wrong they had nothing to do with. That's particularly true when they have the resources to really make a difference.

Enter the Washington Capitals. As noted here, after hearing the story of Maryland black hockey player Divyne Apollon II, a 13-year-old member of the Metro Maple Leafs in Maryland who faced racial abuse at a tournament in Philadelphia, Capitals John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly filmed a video in which they supported Apollon II and invited the entire Metro Maple Leafs squad to a Caps game next week.

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WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - The Washington Capitals are showing their love and support for a Washington Caps players John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly heard about Divyne and his team The pair recorded a video message inviting the team to the game . The Metro Maple Leafs coach

In their surprise video message personally inviting the Maple Leafs to Monday’ s game against the St. Louis Blues, which the Maple Leafs' coach “To show our support and to reward you all for showing the true meaning of a hockey family, we would like to invite your entire team to the game on Jan.

In addition to 60 tickets offered up to the Metro Maple Leafs, Smith-Pelly and co. also promised to have the entire team meet the reigning Stanley Cup champs.

"We heard about the unfortunate incidents that have been taking place with Divyne, but we were so happy to see your team stand up to defend and support each other," Smith-Pelly told the team in the video, which was also posted on the Capitals' social media channels.

The Caps may have provided a local connection to the racial flashpoint, but they have not been alone in declaring their support for Apollon II. Earlier in the week the 13-year-old received a message of support from Nashville Predators star P.K. Subban:

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Both Smith-Pelley and Subban made it clear that they would like to personally meet with Apollon II so they can share their experiences in overcoming similar hateful incidents. While it was sparked by ugly comments, the entire saga has unfolded as a living, breathing reminder of how modern social media can connect the world in positive ways that can make a difference in lives.

Now, to see what comes out of the Metro Maple Leafs' visit to the Caps game on the 14th …

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When Washington Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra traveled to the United Arab Emirates in After learning from Al Ali that the Capitals are her favorite team and captain Alex Ovechkin is her favorite player , Bondra worked with the Capitals to surprise her during a Skype video chat earlier this month.

Fatima Al Ali is a player on the United Arab Emirates Women’ s National hockey team . Bondra called Al Ali to deliver the news that she has been invited to attend a game in February at the Verizon Center and to serve as a representative of the “ Hockey is for Everyone” campaign.

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