Caps honor youth hockey team for fighting racism on the ice

The Metro Maple Leafs youth hockey club with Alex Ovechkin after the Capitals Monday night game.

After the Washington Capitals game Monday night, the team honored a youth hockey club that stood up against racism.

At a recent game, 13-year-old Divyne Apollon II, the only black player on the team, was subjected to racist taunts by some of the opposing team’s players.

“There was some gorilla sounds being made towards him,” his dad Divyne Apollon Sr. said.

His teammates on the Metro Maple Leafs stood up for Apollon.

“At the end of the game, a fight broke out,” his dad said.

After they heard about the incident, the Capitals’ John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly invited Metro Maple Leafs to come to Monday’s game.

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“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,” Carlson said.

The young players were given three hockey sticks from Alex Ovechkin, Carlson, and Smith-Pelly on Monday night.

The Metro Maple Leafs are a 14-and-under travel hockey club, based at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Md.

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