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No punishment after Hockey East investigation of alleged racial slur

Providence’s Vimal Sukumaran is shown during a Jan. 11, 2019, game against the Eagles at Boston College.
Providence’s Vimal Sukumaran is shown during a Jan. 11, 2019, game against the Eagles at Boston College.(Scott Eisen/Associated Press)

Following an investigation of what it called “inappropriate remarks between players on the ice” during last weekend’s quarterfinal series between Boston College and Providence, Hockey East issued no penalties and declared the matter closed on Wednesday after being unable to determine who made the reportedly racially charged comments.

The incident happened during last Friday’s game at Schneider Arena in Providence, with multiple reports that the remark was made toward Friars junior Vimal Sukumaran, who scored the game’s first goal. Game officials reported what they heard to the league, but the source could not be identified, per a Hockey East statement, “with the degree of certainty necessary” to levy discipline.

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BC, in a statement issued to College Hockey News, declared the matter “resolved,” saying there is “much uncertainty regarding what may or may not have been said” and that both athletic director Martin Jarmond and coach Jerry York spoke with the team about “their professionalism.”

Jarmond, it continued, “also reached out directly to the Providence player involved in the alleged incident.”

BC came back to win the best-of-three series against the Friars, and will play top-seeded UMass in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday night at TD Garden.

League commissioner Joe Bertagna’s statement concluded that the league will “pursue new policies regarding education of all its student-athletes with the goal of preventing any similar incidents in the future.”