Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic has apologized for crude and vulgar comments he made in an Instagram group chat that were leaked on social media.
Leipsic and Florida Panthers prospect Jack Rodewald publicly commented on the appearances of the wife of Vancouver Canucks forward Tanner Pearson and the girlfriend of Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid. They also criticized other women during the chat and negatively commented on a photo of Capitals linemates Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway hosting their podcast, with Leipsic writing, "(expletive) they're losers."
"(On Tuesday) my friend's Instagram account was hacked and an individual circulated images that are representative of private conversations I was a part of," Leipsic posted on Twitter. "I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions.
"I am committed to becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way. I am truly sorry."
Leipsic's apology came after the Capitals and the NHL issued separate statements on the matter.
"We are aware of the unacceptable and offensive comments made by Brendan Leipsic in a private conversation on social media. We will handle this matter internally," the Capitals said in a statement.
"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 league wrote. "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."
Leipsic, 25, has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 61 games with the Capitals during the 2019-20 season. He has collected 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 187 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings, Capitals and Canucks, where he was briefly a teammate of Pearson.
Rodewald, 26, has yet to record a point in 10 career NHL games, all with the Ottawa Senators. He played with the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League in 2019-20.