While the fans in London, Ontario showed a great amount of disrespect for Wayne Simmonds by throwing a banana on the ice while he was making a shot, players and coaches around the NHL came to his defense. The league has to show solidarity for Simmonds. The league took a huge PR hit a few years ago when they cancelled the 2004-2005 season. They lost television rights and they have yet to regain the popularity that the NHL enjoyed prior to that lockout. Discrimination and racism in the league would only intensify the skepticism that some U.S. fans feel for the league.
Players and Coaches come to Simmonds’ Defense