GLENS FALLS — A fan alleged to have made racial remarks toward a Worcester Railers player has been asked not to return to any Adirondack Thunder game this season, the team said.
In a statement released by the Thunder on Thursday afternoon, the Thunder apologized to player Woody Hudson, the Worcester organization and anyone who was offended by the remarks.
The fan who made the remarks did so from behind the visitors’ bench.
“After working with people near the area, we were able to identify the fan that made the remarks and we have asked the fan not to return to Thunder games this season,” the statement said.
With the Thunder having qualified for the ECHL playoffs, the team’s request will extend at least into two playoff games and potentially more.
The team’s full statement is as follows:
“The Adirondack Thunder were made aware of a situation at Sunday’s game regarding hurtful, racial remarks directed towards Worcester forward Woody Hudson.
“We do not take this situation lightly and remarks such as the ones uttered at Sunday’s game have no place in hockey or in our world today. We sincerely apologize to Woody, the Worcester Railers organization and everyone that was offended by remarks made by this fan as much as we are.
“We are committed to making sure that Adirondack Thunder games are a fun and inclusive environment for everyone. We will be working with in-arena security to ensure that these actions will never be tolerated and that situations such as the one that occurred on Sunday will be handled quicker moving forward.
“After working with people near the area, we were able to identify the fan that made the remarks and we have asked the fan not to return to Thunder games this season.”