Disgraced Estonian hockey players return home 'drunk as skunks'

Estonia's national hockey team gathers prior to a game at last week's worlds.

Estonia's national hockey team gathers prior to a game at last week's worlds.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

Tier two of the 2013 IIHF World Championship was quite a blur – literally – for the Estonian men’s hockey team.

To be fair, though, conceding more than seven goals a game against the likes of hockey cupcakes Ukraine and Romania likely had something to do with Wednesday’s reports.

En route to further relegation – the Estonians now find themselves in the IIHF third division with tropical-climate nations like Australia and Mexico after losing every round-robin game – it seems a number of Estonia’s national teamers concluded last week’s tournament by partaking in a few, maybe many, adult beverages.

“The sights at the airport were like from a surreal movie,” Postimees, an Estonian daily newspaper, reported Wednesday.

The publication reported Bambi-legged (drunken) players exiting the terminal under the assistance of others.

“For many, celebrations had evidently not yet ended – truth be told, the party was just gathering steam,” Postimees reported. “For some, this might been the toasting of the gold back home. For others, the drowning of the sorrow and disappointment of the World Championship fiasco.”

Estonia finished bottom of its six-team group at last week’s competition in Ukraine and Hungary, conceding 36 goals before accumulating a minus-22 goal difference.

Earlier reports suggested a handful of Estonia’s players were benched prior to the final few games due to drinking the night before games.

“One by one, the drunk and drunk-as-skunk guys dripped into the waiting lounge. Anatoli Jakovlev, for one, had great difficulty staying on his feet. A couple of minutes later, he could be seen sitting at a bench in front of the airport.

“Maksim Ivanov, the chief sinner at the games and removed from last two matches, needed teamwork to exit the plane. Assisted to the baggage carousel, he decided to take time off there, for a longer period of time.”

Showing obvious concern, Estonia’s Ice Hockey Association president, Jaan Molder, released the following statement:

“I intend to have a serious talk with the head coach. Then, we need to summon the federation board and disciplinary committee. There are some serious decisions to make.”

 


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