“Mr. Barch has admitted making the remark, but denies that the comment was racially motivated,” said Colin Campbell, Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. “While we accept Mr. Barch’s assertion, as a player in the National Hockey League, he must be held accountable for making a comment that, in the context in which it was made, and in light of the entirety of the circumstances, was offensive and unacceptable.”
There are reports that after Subban went down in a tussle with Florida defenceman Erik Gudbranson, Barch asked the Canadiens’ defenceman if he had “slipped on a banana peel”.
The reamrk was overheard by linesman Darren Gibbs. Barch was given a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.
Kerry Fraser has weighed in on the issue in his TSN column: