Andrew Shaw has apologised after appearing to use a homophobic slur in the Chicago Blackhawks' playoff game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
The forward was irate after being sent to the penalty box in the third period of the Blackhawks' 4-3 loss in game four of the first-round series, which Chicago trail 3-1.
While in the penalty box, Shaw appeared to yell a slur to someone on the ice. Following the game, the 24-year-old said he did not remember what he said.
But on Wednesday Shaw apologised to fans, the Blackhawks and the LGBTQ community.
"I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box," Shaw said. "When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances.
"I apologise to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organisation, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake."
The Blackhawks also released a statement, which quickly reiterated their stance on being an all-inclusive organisation.
"We are extremely disappointed in Andrew Shaw's actions last night. His comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organisation. We are proud to have an inclusive and respectful environment, and to support various initiatives such as the You Can Play Project and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association.
"We will use this opportunity to further educate our players and organisation moving forward, so that we all may learn from it."
Shaw has yet to receive a punishment from the NHL.