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


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.

IOC chides golden girls


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I do not feeel an apolpgy is warranted. This spontaneous continuing celebration after a four year committment shows the team spirit.

It was done after the paying spectators had exited. The IOC should concern themselves in pruging some of their membership with criminal elements and making themselves more representative of the audience that sustains them.
Charlie Clarke, 2010-02-26 14:34:24

Absolutely no reason to apologize. They won, the right to celebrate. The media is the problem here, not the girls. They did nothing worse than every pickup hockey player does every Saturday night after a win.
G.D., 2010-02-26 14:33:22

I don't "get" the whole cigar thing?

They have to understand that little girls are looking up to them and cameras are being snapper everywhere. This kind of stuff should have gone on behind closed doors, then have your party.

Congrats to our Team Canada Girls!
Shawn, 2010-02-26 14:31:14

No - these hypocrits should take a pill. Relax. I would have expec ted no less from these young people! They deserve the right to let off alittle steam. Good for them - I would hope that if the Yanks has won, they might have done the same.
Jim, 2010-02-26 14:29:07

I personally have no issue with the celebration or that Poulin is underage. They did so after the spectators left (according to media reports). However, smoking cigars (and I love cigars) in a commercial/public building is illegal. I agree with comments from a Rep that, if it was contained in the dressing room, who cares. well done Golden girls!
Janney, 2010-02-26 14:28:47

Way to go girls!

If the IOC doesn't want you to party in Vancouver ,you're all invited to my place for beer and cigars.You deserve it!Not some cheapshot yellow journalistic criticism.Musst have been initiated by the Russian with the phony British name who ran Canada down in Pravda or the same jerk who slagged us in the L.A. Times. Who gives a damn what they say,celebrate your medal!
Brian, 2010-02-26 14:26:07

Did the IOC have Montgomery apologize or is this just a "female" thing?
Sharon, 2010-02-26 14:23:15

What happens when the public has left and the doors have closed, on one hand, is no one's business. However, on the second hand, one of the players drinking was underage. If this occurred in your private residence and you were caught, you'd have consequences. Unfortunately, although I absolutely understand the want to celebrate the accomplishment, a law was broken and, therefore, consequences should be expected.
Paul, 2010-02-26 14:21:03

No disrespect to Curlers, but this women's team's game is hockey, not curling on a Sunday afternoon.They should have stayed in the dressing room, where so many Canadians like me drank celebratory soda pop after a championship win.

The players should apologize and admit that it was inappropriate. This is not "Role model" caliber behaviour.

Alllan McLay, 2010-02-26 14:18:17

Hockey Canada has embarressed all of Canada by this apology.

The IOC, synonymous for decades with corruption and the politicization of sport had better stay the heck out of this.

Peter F. Goddard, 2010-02-26 14:17:31

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