American Hockey League suspends player 30 games for making ‘racial gesture’

Krystof Harabik, San Jose Barracuda forward, was suspended by the American Hockey League for 30 games after making a “racial gesture” at Tucson Roadrunners left-wing Boko Iama last week.

In a press release, the league stated that Hrabik gestured at Imama (Black) during Tucson’s win over San Jose, 4-3, on Jan. 12.

Hrabik has served three games of suspension and would be eligible for return April 3.

Hrabik’s progress in the education, training and advocacy on racism and inclusion that he received from the NHL’s Player Inclusion Committee was evaluated by the AHL.

Imama, a Montreal native, was born to parents who immigrated from Democratic Republic of Congo. Brandon Manning, Bakersfield Condors defenceman, used a racial term in an altercation he had with Imama at a Jan. 22, 2019, game. Imama was there with the Ontario Reign.

Manning was removed from the team for using the slur five times.