Jeff Halpern of the Washington Capitols is the only Jewish player still in “action.” Except he hasn’t appeared in any of the post-season games, labeled a “healthy scratch” in the parlance of the sport.
His only “contribution”: making African-American teammate Joel Ward aware of racist tweets from fans of the Boston Bruins, whom the Caps defeated in the first round to move on to face the NY Rangers.
According to an article in The Washington Post,
Halpern was the first to show Ward some of the Twitter messages using racial slurs. His reaction?
“Probably shock at first. It’s not a handful, it’s a large number. It’s a bunch of idiots, and I don’t know if that’s a good representation of the hockey community,” Halpern said. “I think Wardo, a lot of people in his situation have had to deal with stuff like that for a long time. It was shocking to see that people are that public about it, too. I don’t know if that’s a representation of the hockey community. I think the hockey community rallied behind Wardo and supported him.”