Andrew Shaw suspended 1 game for homophobic slur

Andrew Shaw apologized after using insensitive language toward the referees in the Blackhawks’ loss to the Blues.

Chicago forward Andrew Shaw was suspended one game by the NHL on Wednesday for a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the Blackhawks’ first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.

Shaw was also fined $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials during the same game. The right-winger will be required to undergo sensitivity training.

As Shaw sat in the penalty box following an interference penalty during the third period on Tuesday night, he banged his stick against the glass and appeared to say homophobic remarks towards one of the officials.

“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box,” Shaw said in a statement on Wednesday. “When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances.”

“I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake.”

The Blues beat Chicago 4-3 and hold a 3-1 series lead.

“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” said NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”

Shaw had previously told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune post-game that he wasn’t sure what he had said.