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Capitals surprise Anne Arundel hockey team that defended black teammate after racist taunts

Capitals surprise Anne Arundel hockey team that defended black teammate after racist taunts

When Devante Smith-Pelly and John Carlson heard about Divyne Apollon II, the 13-year-old defenseman for the Odenton-based Metro Maple Leafs who has faced racist taunts and chants of “Go play basketball!” this season, the Washington Capitals teammates decided to invite Apollon and his entire team to a future game.

“For me to meet [Divyne] and look him in the face as someone who’s gone through it and can talk to him and share my experience is important to me,” the 26-year-old Smith-Pelly, who has embraced being a role model for black kids who follow and...

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