Blackhawks' Shaw suspended one game, fined for homophobic slurs


Andrew Shaw has been fined and suspended for one game by the NHL for appearing to use a homophobic slur in Tuesday night's playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues, despite his apology.

Shaw was upset after being sent to the penalty box the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 loss in game four of the first-round series, which they the Blues lead 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.

Shaw apologised for his remarks earlier on Wednesday but that was not enough to avoid punishment from the NHL, the forward handed a one-game ban and find $5,000. He will also be required to undergo sensitivity training.

"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," NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. 

"The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player."