On Tuesday, former Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic signed a one-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, the Russian team announced. On May 8, the Capitals placed Leipsic on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination. He cleared waivers the following day as an unrestricted free agent.
Leipsic’s private Instagram messages were leaked on social media on May 6. Screenshots showed vulgar and degrading language regarding women and former and current teammates. The 26-year-old tweeted a poor apology, claiming his friend’s Instagram account was hacked.
Per a team spokesperson, the Capitals quickly learned of Leipsic’s comments and were going to “handle this matter internally.” The NHL also issued a statement on May 6. Florida Panthers’ prospect Jack Rodewald was also a part of the chat. The Panthers condemned his actions a few days later.
The University of Manitoba Bisons Men’s Hockey Team released Jeremy Leipsic, the brother of Brendan Leipsic, after taking part in the misogynistic and explicit messages, the University’s athletic director Gene Muller announced on May 7. Muller said in a statement, “We condemn any such remarks and attitudes as they are offensive, reprehensible, and have absolutely no place in our sport or in our programs.”
Leipsic was on his fifth team in the past five years. He signed a one-year, one-way contract worth $700K on July 1, 2019 with the Capitals. Prior to Washington, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks, and Los Angeles Kings.
He picked up 59 points (16 goals) in 187 NHL games.
By Della Young