Facing what could become a wider public relations nightmare, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league plans to take action to do a better job of dealing with personal conduct issues.
Speaking in Pebble Beach California while attending the league’s Board of Governors meeting, Bettman told reporters that NHL personnel will be required to attend mandatory counselling regarding racism and bullying.
“Inclusion and diversity are not simply buzz words. They are foundation principles of the NHL,” Bettman said.
“Our message is unequivocal: We will not tolerate abusive behaviour of any kind.”
Bettman’s comments follow a series of reported incidents involving alleged racism and bullying.
Currently, Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford is on leave while the NHL and the Hawks investigate alleged mistreatment of players in the past.
Bettman’s comments on Monday were the first time he has spoken about the issue since Akim made the comments and Peters subsequently quit.
With files from CBC, CP, AP,