Pat Foley and Tony Esposito will team up to coach the Blackhawks' alumni in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game on Sat., Feb 20. You can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 4 p.m. as the Blackhawks battle the Minnesota Wild/Minnesota North Stars alums.
Foley joined SportsTalk Live on Monday to discuss what he's most excited about in the lead-up to the game.
"I think it's going to be a blast, and I know all of our alumni guys are really excited about going up and seeing all those North Star guys that they used to hate on the ice, but you know how it is with hockey players," he said. "For the most part, once they get together off the ice they'll share a pint and have a few laughs. And I think there's going to be great stories told all weekend long and I think it's going to be an awesome experience. I'm looking forward to it. I want to mention that I went out this afternoon and I'm going to stand behind the bench with Tony Esposito as the coach - I'll be on the side just trying to stay out of the way."
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Foley was able to see the best of the North Stars/Blackhawks rivalary and is sure Saturday afternoon's game will bring back some of those memories. Especially with some of the names competing.
"It was the best rivalry in hockey at the time for sure," Foley said of the Blackhawks and North Stars. "And certainly one of the best in sports. Those were games you marked on the calendar; you couldn't wait to get to."
Catch the game this Saturday on CSN at 4 p.m.
After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.
Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.
"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.
"What was said this time around crossed the line."
The Capitals released a statement about the incident:
"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."
The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.
Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.
"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."
The Capitals released the full interview.
Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.
Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.
Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:
After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: