Vice-President Colin Campbell should personally apologize to suspended New York Islanders player Chris Simon for telling reporters yesterday that he would be meeting with "drug and alcohol doctors" in order to deal with his behavourial issues.
"I agree with the NHL, and the vast majority of hockey fans, that
Mr. Simon must be punished for this unfortunate incident with a Pittsburgh
player during last Saturday's game," said National Chief Fontaine. "However,
it was extremely hurtful to Mr. Simon, and his many fans, including those in
our First Nations communities, to hear from Mr. Campbell that such behaviour
is related to drug and or alcohol abuse."
"I spoke to Islanders coach Ted Nolan last night who informed me that
Mr. Simon has been very hurt and embarrassed by Mr. Campbell's comments, even
though an NHL spokesman did make a correction. Mr. Simon, and all of his fans,
would like to hear an apology, especially since it smacks of stereotyping,"
added the National Chief.