The NHL lockout has dominated hockey headlines, but that changed this week when the AHL-affiliate Rockford, Ill. IceHogs’ Hispanic heritage night promotion took the web by storm.

The Corona-sponsored event – scheduled for Friday night – promises maracas, special ethnic-inspired jerseys featuring the team’s mascot with a black mustache and sombrero and a special visit from Dora the Explorer. The festivities were met with a collective groan across the blogosphere, drawing ire for everything from perpetuating racist stereotypes to serving as an example of cultural insensitivity.

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