Devante Smith-Pelly has become a fan favorite in Washington, especially after scoring seven goals during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s also one of roughly thirty players of color in the National Hockey League.
Smith-Pelly has faced challenges because of race, including this past February, when he was the target of racist chants during a Blackhawks game in Chicago. Smith-Pelly has said previously that being a minority player can have “a little bit of a lonely feeling.”
Smith-Pelly was interviewed by ABC 7’s Robert Burton during Media Day and spoke about what it meant to bring the Stanley Cup to a city with a large Black population.