Tony Deynzer, the head equipment manager of the Colorado Eagles, AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, has been placed on administrative leave after former player Akim Aliu told the Wall Street Journal that Deynzer dressed up in blackface as part of an Aliu costume at a team Halloween party in 2011.
The Eagles released an apology to Aliu via Twitter on Wednesday.
“As an organization, the discovery of this event deeply saddens us. Although we had no prior knowledge, that doesn’t excuse or diminish the fact that this has hurt a fellow human being. Rest assured, our organization holds no ego too big or stature so proud that we are above apologies for any wrongdoings. As a family-oriented organization, we wholeheartedly seek your forgiveness and sincerely apologize. We are truly very sorry, and we will also assure you that this behavior is not and never will be acceptable in our organization.”
Aliu has been shedding light on innapropriate behaviour throughout the hockey world after initially tweeting in late November about racist remarks made by coach of the Calgary Flames Bill Peters, while he was coaching Aliu in 2009.