Capitals release F Leipsic after leaked comments


The Washington Capitals terminated the contract of forward Brendan Leipsic on Friday.

It was a move that came two days after Leipsic, 25, was caught disparaging several NHL players and making misogynistic comments as part of a group chat that was made public. 
Leipsic's remarks, which also included references to cocaine use and sexual escapades, were leaked in screenshots Wednesday night.

They came from a private Instagram conversation between he and several friends that included Florida Panthers minor leaguer Jack Rodewald. 

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Leipsic later acknowledged making the comments and apologised.
In the chat, Leipsic mocked the weight of the wife of former Vancouver Canucks teammate Tanner Pearson and unflatteringly referred to the girlfriend of Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid. 

He also branded current Capitals players Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway "losers" while calling out other former teammates as well. 
"I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions," Leipsic wrote on his Twitter account. 

"I am committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way." 
The NHL declared its disapproval of Leipsic's behavior in a statement released on Thursday. 
"The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media," the statement read. 

"There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved." 
The Capitals signed Leipsic to a one-year, $700,000 contract in July and he appeared in 61 games this season, totaling three goals and eight assists. 

Winnipeg native Leipsic has 16 goals and 43 assists in 187 career NHL games with Washington, Toronto, Vegas, Vancouver and Los Angeles.  

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