Banana thrown at NHL game
The apparently racist incident happened as Simmonds took part in a shootout to settle his team's pre-season National Hockey League game against the Detroit Red Wings.
One report said bananas were actually thrown at Simmonds twice during the game, but that it was only during the shootout that one reached the ice.
"I've never had a banana thrown at me before," Simmonds told reporters after the game. "I guess it's something I obviously have to deal with, being a black player playing a predominantly white sport. I've grown a lot playing in this league and throughout my whole life. I'm not going to dwell on that. It's over with now."