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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It doesn't say much for journalism that this has become a story. I mean really, who cares? How is celebrating with a beer on the ice any different than in the dressing room? How is their behaviour detrimental to the olympic spirit? Congratulations ladies on a great game.
dan, 2010-02-26 13:34:46

Enjoy your beer and cigar celebration women...because this is the last time women's hockey will be in the Olympics. Only 2 competitive teams in the world..that is not a true Olympic Sport!
Jason, 2010-02-26 13:34:14

No apology needed. If it had been the men it would not have been reported, and isn't it strange that it was reported by the 'Associated Press', an American news I smell sore losers!!!
Marty, 2010-02-26 13:31:27

No apology necessary from the team, definitely from the photographer or journalists set on tarnishing Canadian culture and women partaking in celebrating being Gold metal Olympians. What's next - under the table coverage of French athletes drinking wine?

I applaud you in all your efforts and the challenging road to your Gold metal win. Congratulations and thank you. Time to step up Canada and support these women at younger ages too. Check out a Midget AAA or university game, they all came from somewhere.

Jessica, 2010-02-26 13:29:49

We are Canadians. We say please, sorry all the time. The girls worked hard for what they have achieved. Do not become Victorians. Party on, girls. You deserve it.
S. Studenberg, 2010-02-26 13:25:44

Apologize, and get on with life. We should all celebrate, it WAS a special time.
Dianna, 2010-02-26 13:25:06

"Dear World,

For those offended by our celebration on winning an Olympic Gold Medal, we apologize. ... However, the truth is, you have as much place to criticize how we celebrate in as much as you contributed to the achievement of said medal."
SG, 2010-02-26 13:24:53

Inappropriate : poor representation as role models in public that did not need to happen; takes a bit of the shine off the medal which is unfortunate; if they had to rethink it I am sure they would have not handled the celebration this way; hopefully a learning experience for future
Don Dafoe, 2010-02-26 13:24:33

Hell No! So what! They worked their asses off to win the gold. The IOC need to chill out. They did nothing inappropriate! Way to go ladies!!! Congrats!
Kevin, 2010-02-26 13:24:23

Finally, some good press on this story and from a US writer:
LS, 2010-02-26 13:23:00

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