Jacob Panetta Cut from ECHL Hockey Team After Making Racist Gesture at Player on Opposing Team

Jacob Panetta and Jordan Subban

The ECHL has indefinitely suspended Jacksonville Icemen defenseman Jacob Panetta, pending a hearing for what South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Jordan Subban said was a racist taunt Saturday night.

The Icemen later announced that they are releasing Panetta.

“To be clear, our core values as an ownership group include one love and zero tolerance for racism or any other forms of hate against any group whatsoever. The platform that is the Jacksonville Icemen is one that is more than just about hockey to us as a group. It is about using this platform to spread not only our love for hockey but our love for the community and for each other,” team CEO Andy Kaufmann said in a statement.

“Though the investigation and review is ongoing at the league level, the Jacksonville Icemen will be releasing the player involved effective immediately and will continue our mission of sharing our love of community and hockey. On behalf of the entire Icemen organization, we apologize to any one who was offended and look forward to beginning the process of healing together as one. Thank you.”

The announcement came hours after the team released an initial statement saying it was cooperating with the ECHL’s review of the incident.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Greg Wyshynski