Doan deserves an apology

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

There are very few things as fun as watching a bunch of red and white Maple Leaf-clad skaters celebrate winning gold on the world stage.

As Team Canada took the IIHF World Hockey Championships Sunday, I found myself still sour, wanting an apology from the politicos who almost completely ruined this year's tournament for many of us.

The Shane Doan captaincy controversy caused me no end of frustration. I am downright angry at our government for sticking its politically motivated nose into our game.

When did the Bloc, or any politician, decide they were in charge of who would wear the "C" for Team Canada?

Our tax dollars at work on Parliament Hill should see discussions and debates on health care wait times, children's services, the elderly -- or perhaps Afghanistan, Darfur or global warming...

Shane Doan and what he may or may not have said to a francophone referee on the ice? Please.

The issue at the core of this allegedly happened in 2005, and an investigation by the NHL found Doan innocent of any wrong

Our government as a whole owes this good Canadian kid an official apology for allowing this non-issue be stirred up to such a degree.

Doan is known league-wide as one of the good guys in the NHL. If you have ever been to a game in Phoenix, you would see very quickly how he is truly the unofficial mayor of that city with how he gives back to the community both on and off the ice.

It's unfathomable to me how this year's tournament was taken hostage and tainted by a bunch of stuffed shirts.

We've seen games and tourneys ruined by questionable officiating or dirty hits -- but a group of Canadian politicians making fools of themselves, and us in the process? I'm choked.

I wonder how the majority in Quebec feels about all of this today; I hope they are just as frustrated with their leaders and are searching equally as hard for a heartfelt apology as they applaud the boys with gold around their necks.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. 


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