Brandon Manning, a defenceman with the Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate club in Bakersfield, Calif., received a five-game suspension from the American Hockey League after using a racial slur toward an opponent Monday.

Ontario Reigns forward Bokondji Imama, a former Tampa Bay Lightnine prospect, was the target of the slur – on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less – which led to Manning being assessed a game misconduct and, later, issuing an apology through the Condors club Tuesday.

“Last night, I made comments to an opposing player that were stupid and offensive,” said Manning, a 29-year-old product of Prince George, B.C. “After the game, I spoke with the opposing player in person, which I’m very grateful for. He allowed me to apologize and I took full responsibility for what I said. To say I’ve learned from this situation is an understatement and I promise to be better.”