Two stars from the 1972 Summit Series jumped the boards and dropped their gloves yesterday to take on MPs out to draw partisan blood from Team Canada captain Shane Doan.
Toronto Maple Leaf Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich and Montreal Canadiens Hall of Famer Ken Dryden waded into the latest bench-clearing brawl on Parliament Hill to defend Doan, who has been pummeled by Bloc Quebecois and Quebec Liberal MPs over comments the player allegedly made in 2005.
"I feel bad about what they are doing to Doan," said Mahovlich, a Liberal senator. "I don't feel good about it. It's not a good thing. Leave hockey to hockey people."
Dryden, York Centre Liberal MP and a failed leadership candidate, said everyone is guilty of what Doan is accused of doing.
"All that any of us have to do is remember the last traffic jam we were in and the language that was in our heads if not coming out of our mouths," said Dryden.
"That which happens on the ice is not any different from what happens in the rest of everyone else's life."
MPs will again get their sticks up this morning when three senior Hockey Canada officials appear before the Commons official languages committee to face questions on the issue.
Doan allegedly directed a slur against French referees in 2005. The NHL investigated and cleared the Phoenix Coyote star.
But Bloc Quebecois and Quebec Liberal MPs say the government should have pressured Hockey Canada to bypass Doan in the selection for Team Canada.