Saturday night in Chicago, we were reminded why incredible initiatives like Hockey Is For Everyone month continue to exist.

Four Blackhawks fans were ejected from the game after getting into a verbal altercation with Devante Smith-Pelly of the Capitals and what they were saying to the 25-year-old was awful.

After the incident occurred, Washington head coach Barry Trotz commented on what happened and had some strong words for those fans that were kicked out.


On Sunday, Smith-Pelly spoke to the media for the first time about what happened and how he felt.

Like Smith-Pelly said, it's important to not sweep things like this under the rug because obviously people need to be held accountable for their actions, but more importantly because incidents like these need to stop.  The only way that can happen is if incidents like these aren't ignored and brushed off so we as a society can strive to make sure they never happen again.

Smith-Pelly clearly has the support of his teammates, coaches, other players, and the entire hockey world and rightly so because hockey is for everyone and nobody should be treated the way he was.

(H/T: Isabelle Khurshudyan)