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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Should they apologize. NO WAY.... What better excuse than winning a GOLD Medal at the Olympics is there for a celebration. Lighten up IOC. For your information, beer and hockey have gone together forever. Maybe you guys need a glass of bubbly or a quaff of good Canadian Draft. Or if it's more to your liking, have some cheese and crackers to go along with your whine(ing).
Greg, 2010-02-26 13:55:11

No way.

They just won a gold metal.

They were having fun, not hurting anyone.

Leave them alone, they did a great job.
Richard Emmett, 2010-02-26 13:53:55

Apologize? For what? Celebrating a well deserved gold medal? If this were the men's hockey team there wouldn't be this hoopla. This is just a big media "story" because the girls were behaving "un-lady" like. But face it girls drink beer and smoke cigars. Good on ya ladies!
Sonja, 2010-02-26 13:52:30

First off, Congratulations Ladies for the win... but after reading everyone's comments, would you feel the same way if the US shutout the Canadians, smoked cigars, drank and partied on our ice??!


Jimbo, 2010-02-26 13:50:39

OMG..leave them alone.. They won and had a little party an hour after everyone left the rink.. GOOD for them..
Lynne, 2010-02-26 13:49:11

Only a cub reporter would hang around to watch the ladies celebrate a gold,or a pervert.
Byron Freeman, 2010-02-26 13:46:44

I'm not sure why they felt it was necessary to carry on like they did in public? They acted like a bunch of 'beer drinkin'- cigar smokin' wannabe macho GUYs. Amoung other things, it certainly demonstrates "no class" to me. And it was "in public" or you and I would not be aware of it.

Besides, they didn't really accomplish anything much by winning considering the competition in the Ladies Hockey games. With the exception of Team USA, the scores were ridiculous and only add substance to the movement to discontinue Ladies Hockey as an Olympic competition. Some competition....when you win a hockey game by 10-12 goals!!

It has also been reported that European interest in the sport is declining even more, so what is in the future?

I'm VERY proud of what Canadian athletes have accomplished in these games, with the exception of this medal and this performance.

Of course, the IOC will have to be very careful how they address this issue as the gay and feminist camps will scream discrimination but let's be realistic. Do we really need to win a medal that badly?
Snowman, 2010-02-26 13:44:17

Oh PUHLEESE!! In the entire scheme of things, is this really important? I do agree tha the underage player should not be given alcohol. and were the cigars lit? These athletes worked hard for this medal, and for a while, they SHOULD be able to flaunt their achievement in any way they want. Were they derogatory to any of the U.S players, did they say offensive things or you foul language? No, they celebtarated as they wanted too- it's THIER gold medal Right????
trimicher, 2010-02-26 13:39:46

All thru the Olympics we Canadians have suffered tremendous national angst in the realization that a number of our athletes did not perform as expected and thus we will not achieve the goal of "owning the podium".

So now, after taking on the weight of the nation's collective fretting, the Ladies have done us proud by living up to those expectations.

Yet to hear some talk, it's like they are not allowed to enjoy the moment. This victory will be remembered for decades. The overblown after game "incident" will be forgotten soon after the Games have finished.

At what point did we as Canadians lose the ability to not take ourselves so seriously? My only regret is that I was not there to serve them. Party on ladies, no apologies required. You've earned it.
Jeff, 2010-02-26 13:39:07

All the other winner have done this. All the winners who walked down the main street in Whistler have been handed pitchers of beeer to drink and celebrate. The American team left, this took place an hour after the medal ceremony. And when the men won in 02' no one was complaining about the beer and champaign they were drinking.
Scott, 2010-02-26 13:35:31

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