Should women hockey players apologize for smoking and drinking on ice?
Fri, February 26, 2010

THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER -- Hockey Canada apologized Thursday for a boozy impromptu party the Olympic women's hockey team threw for itself on the Canada Hockey Place ice after winning the gold medal.

Canadian players, still wearing their uniforms and with gold medals draped around their necks, celebrated their victory by drinking champagne and beer at centre ice following a 2-0 win over the United States.

The International Olympic Committee said it will investigate the celebration, which included drinking by one of Canada's underage players.

In a statement released late Thursday, Hockey Canada apologized.

Do you think it was necessary for Hockey Canada to apologize for the players? Have your say in our forum.

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First off there is nothing to apologize for. Are we that vain that we are truly worried what other countries out there think of us? Enough of this politically correct garble and let them enjoy what they have accomplished. It looks like their only mistake here was to not send away the media when the rest of the crowds left the building. Get over it; there are bigger things with today’s global issues that warrant our attention. Focus your capacity on something else and carry on, enough said.
Mark, 2010-02-26 15:26:48

The Americans should apologize for having a Canadian flag on the floor of their dressing room!

Then Lindsey Vonn can apologize for showing off her Gold medal while she was on the podium to receive her bronze.

I'm sick of these games being under a microscope. The only ones complaining are The Brits and the Americans.

These 2 weeks have brought Canada together and I'm proud to be Canadian! Well done girls!


frostycold, 2010-02-26 15:24:03

Go Girls!! Proud of the Girls and their win. If the guys did this... nobody would care... heck if the men win Gold this weekend they could probably do alot worse and this country won't care long as they bring home Gold.

Double standards... They shouldn't have to apologize for being proud and celebrating!
Trent, 2010-02-26 15:23:07

These women should not even be asked to apologize. They had every right to celebrate and the fact that their celebration spilled out onto the ice after the crowd had left the building is not something to apologize for. Who would not want to toast a gold medal win at centre ice and what kind of person would complain about it? This is just one more example of the media picking up a nothing story and blowing it out of all proportion to make Canadian olympians look bad. To me these women look like winners celebrating their gold medal success in a male dominated sport. Good for them. Once again our women bring home the gold! And if I had an eighteen year old daughter on that team I would have supplied the champagne myself, drinking age be damned!
Ingrid, 2010-02-26 15:19:54

What should they apologize for? They are the Olympic Champions, and after so many years of training and dedication to their goal of winning gold, are they not entitled to let loose for God's sake? Every year we watch multi-millionaire celebrity athletes celebrating a World Series, Superbowl or Stanley Cup win, by spraying themselves and their colleagues with overpriced champagne and not a word of protest is heard. No platitudes about setting a poor example to our youth etc. The IOC and the COC should just stick to what they know best - - paperwork. Who's going to chide the COC for it's abject failure of the "Own The Podium" concept. The yanks were right, they didn't want to own the podium, they just wanted to rent it for awhile, and they have. Let the girls have their moment in the sun, as they fully deserve. It's we, as a nation, that should be apologizing to our athletes for our complete lack of financial support of their goals. Shame on the COC for not immediately coming to the defence of these fine athletes in the face of this ridiculous criticism. And shame on them also for the deplorable handling of the Luge crisis earlier in the games...blaming his death on the athlete himself.


Mike, 2010-02-26 15:19:23

It's the Canadian way EH!!!!

A good'ole Canadian Stomp'in followed with a good'ole Canadian Romp!!!!

AP reporter; your a Hoser EH!!!!
Mike, 2010-02-26 15:16:13

Congratulations ladies.....BUT....for god’s sake do it in private. The girls should not have done this in public and they should have their a$$es kicked. It is illegal to have alcohol and tobacco in any public place like that, especially on the ice in front of millions of people. They did not need to bring negative attention to themselves and the country in this manner. A little decorum would have gone a long, long way. In the grand scheme of things it’s a minor infraction that should be chocked up to stupidity and enthusiasm.
harry, 2010-02-26 15:15:34

Snowman, you sound like a homophobic sexist. No, their game is not speedy like the men's but that has nothing to do with this discussion. Yes, they should have shown respect and not smoked in the non- smoking area (the arena) and also underage drinking cannot be condoned. However, who can honestly say they never smoked or drank underage? This is a parental issue for the underaged ones. Who cares what the I.O.C. says? LET IT REST! GO CANADA!
Raiderz, 2010-02-26 15:11:45

yes maybe they shouldnt have done it on the ice, but in reality its something anyone of us would have done. when the nhl players win the cup they drink champagne from the cup and that is beamed on national television and nothing is said about that. people need to put things in perspective they were they just won something that may never happen again you never know. go CANADA
Alan O'Melia, 2010-02-26 15:10:30

Are u kiddin me - They won the Gold, they worked their butts off to get there and it was done after the spectators left the building. Let them enjoy the moment
Gordo, 2010-02-26 15:10:25

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