Wayne Simmonds was seated at his locker and ripping off equipment following the Flyers' practice on Thursday when reporters approached for comment about the NHL's latest racist incident.

The right wing hadn't heard.

He sat up straight, leaned in and asked for details.

He knew Joel Ward had scored a Game 7 road overtime goal Wednesday night that advanced the Washington Capitals into the second round and knocked out the Boston Bruins, last season's Stanley Cup champs.

Hearing for the first time that Ward was the subject of racial slurs after the game via Twitter, Simmonds had a look of disgust appear on his face.

Besides being the only blacks on their teams and among just 28 who played in the NHL this season, Simmonds and Ward are from the same suburban Toronto hometown — Scarborough, Ontario. Ward is eight years older than Simmonds, who is 23, but they've become close friends since meeting four or five years ago and workout buddies back home over the last two summers.

"Obviously, things get said," Simmonds said. "It's the Internet. They can say whatever they want and they don't have to show their face. It's disgusting. I've had things like that happen to me before."