Joel Ward Victimized By Racist Tweets After Scoring Game 7 OT Winner

It hasn’t been an easy year for African-American hockey players. Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers had a banana peel thrown at him during a preseason shootout attempt earlier this season. P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was reportedly the victim of a racial slur uttered by Florida Panthers forward Krys Barch. And now, even a game-winning goal is the cause of racism. Last night, Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 of the Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins first round playoff series. And the Twitterverse apparently exploded with a barrage of racially charged tweets about Ward, who is black. The full list can be seen here, as compiled by, but here are a few examples:

@MahdawgJake “we lost to a hockey playing nigger…What kind of shit is this”

@brendmaitland “The nigger scores again we riot #JoelWard”

@Begos8 “Joel Ward your a nigger. Holtby, get a life. I never wanna see Tim Thomas in a bruins jersey ever again #washedup #bum”


@FishcakeAce “a nigger beat us in #OT are you kidding me?”


@zvanasse30 “stupid nigger go play basketball hockey is a white sport”


Despite all this unwarranted racism, since it was only a hockey game that Ward affected the outcome of, ¬†perhaps #42 of the Capitals can take solace in the fact that for now, he’s the hero to Washington and to all Capitals fans for getting them into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

By Arun Morace

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