Fifteen players and three coaches of a Los Angeles-based youth hockey team were suspended and their actions are being investigated by the California Amateur Hockey Assn. after a video was posted to a social media site in which one player performed a Nazi salute and others reportedly were heard to make what sounded like anti-Semitic comments. The L.A. Jr. Kings 14U AAA bantam team are a recreational club team that operates out of the Kings’ training facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. The Kings and the NHL have granted the Jr. Kings permission to use the Kings’ marks, including the logo and colors. The Jr. Kings are not affiliated with the Kings, but Kings officials have been executive directors of the Jr. Kings program and former Kings players have worked with youngsters as coaches. The video was posted on March 9, the night before the Jr. Kings were scheduled to face the Jr. Ducks in the championship game of the Pacific district hockey tournament in Las Vegas. It’s not clear whether the alleged anti-Semitic comments and actions were directed toward Jewish players on the Jr. Ducks, but Pacific District officials made the Jr. Kings coaches aware of the… Read full this story
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