BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien on Friday joined the chorus of those denouncing the racial slurs directed at Capitals forward Joel Ward via social media after he scored the series-winning goal in Wednesday night’s Game 7.
“I’m really disappointed,” Julien said. “There’s absolutely no need for that and as the organization said, it certainly doesn’t reflect our organization and even our fan base. It just takes one or a few of those comments to come out and it really tarnishes things. I was really disappointed to be honest with you. You hope that somewhere down the road we’re going to get past this stuff. I was really disappointed.”
Ward, one of the NHL’s few black players, was the target of racist comments on his Twitter page after his overtime goal eliminated the Bruins from the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
"The Bruins are very disappointed by the racist comments that were made following the game last night,” the team said in a statement released Thursday. "These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization."
Julien is a fan of Ward and the path he took to the NHL as an undrafted free agent.
“Again, it’s unfortunate. I think (Ward) is a player that deserves to be in this league and he’s been a good player,” Julien said. “I know he was in Nashville -- did a great job. He’s come out from a Canadian university I think if I’m correct, and worked his way into this league and for something like that to come out is disappointing to say the least and I’ll leave it at that.”