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Vanbiesbrouck Quits Over Slur

March 11, 2003|From Associated Press

Former NHL goalie John Vanbiesbrouck quit as coach and general manager of a junior league hockey team Monday after using a racial slur to describe a black player.

"My comments were inappropriate and out of character and I deeply regret my actions," he said.

Vanbiesbrouck will keep his 25% ownership stake in the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, team spokesman Gino Cavallo said.

Greyhound captain Trevor Daley quit the team and returned home to Toronto on Saturday after being told Vanbiesbrouck used the slur while talking to other players.

Vanbiesbrouck confirmed using the slur, telling the Sault Star, "I used the n-word instead of calling him Trevor." Vanbiesbrouck acknowledged using it "more than once."

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Chicago captain Alex Zhamnov was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.... Phoenix's Andrei Nazarov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, pending a hearing on the match penalty he received Saturday.

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