Capitals to meet with teen who says he was a victim of racism at recent hockey game
Divyne Apollon II is accustomed to standing out on the ice with his skills.
But at a recent game, the 13-year-old hockey player for the Metro Maple Leafs was singled out for the wrong reason.
He’s the only black player on his team.
“There was some gorilla sounds being made towards him,” his dad Divyne Apollon Sr. said.
His teammates, who were disturbed by the comments, decided to stand up for him.
“At the end of the game, a fight broke out,” his dad said.
After hearing about the situation, the Stanley Cup champion Capitals are now melting hearts off the ice with an invitation.
“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 January 14th,” Capitals defenseman John Carlson said.
“I thought that was pretty cool,” Divyne Apollon II said.
He says he’s looking forward to having a conversation with the pro players, while he tries to follow in their footsteps.
“I’m trying to go to the NHL just like them,” he said.
When asked if he would like to see more diversity in hockey, Divyne Apollon II said he would.
“Most definitely. Because it’s been predominantly white for a very long time,” he said.
Divyne Apollon II was suspended for three games due to the fight, but he will be back on the ice this weekend.