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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To Anne

maybe you should not be so quick to attack. had the americans won and done this the outrage would have been huge!! This was not an attempt by a media person to find something bad to report on, it happened in an open venue, in a world of camera phones to think this would not get out is naive. Its easy to blame the media, however maybe you should look at the girls who were doing the act. It is the job of media to report after all. Your right they deserve to celebrate just no in that location, this is the olympics, they should have a little more class and respect the to drink and smoke in the venue on the very surface that you won on. It is disgraceful it shows a lack of respect for your fellow competitors, by celebrating on the very surface where they lost. It is rubbing it in the face of all the other competitors. Celebrate off of the surface of competition, the playing field is supposed to be a place of honour and respect for the players, by doing this they showed no respect for the IOC for the country for the sport and for the athletes. You would never see this kind of behavior from any other athlete in any other sport. It all goes back to perspective had this been any other country that did this, everyone who is supporting the actions of the canadian team would be outraged. You know its not right and you know its shows no class. It is the most unsportsmanlike act one could do. We expect a little more class and dignity from our athletes. The girls should apologize, they went to far, its a disgraced medal, it shows no olympic spirit it went against everything the olympics stand for. It is one of the worst things i have ever seen in olympic history, i would have no problem if the IOC DQ'd the canadian women for sheer unsportsmanlike conduct. This is the olympics, have some class and dignity and dont walk on the grave of all the other competitors.
mike, 2010-02-26 21:17:46

lawrence davis, 2010-02-26 20:17:07

Get a life man.

Those women deserve to celebrate.

Funny how the whiners all seem to be dumpy slackers who lack enough backbone to even try and compete at anything
Hammertime, 2010-02-26 21:02:14

Way to go Ladies, You kicked ass in fine canadian style, and you should party the same way, you all work hard and you deserve all a Hug and a Pat on the back. You made Canada proud. You all did nothing wrong.
Jacques Longtin, 2010-02-26 20:57:29

Absolutley not! They did nothing wrong! The stadium was empty, so no one would have known if Vanoc had of kept there mouths shut!
Dave Daines, 2010-02-26 20:52:03

Disappointed, because the Olympics is supposed to be as much about sportsmanship as it is athletic excellence. Our girls could have used better discretion in their on-ice celebration, not so much for the fans and TV audience, but in respect of their competitors.

There's no reason why they couldn't wait until they got to the dressing room to start the extra stuff.
jon, 2010-02-26 20:42:13

hell no they shouldn't face anything. I have seen players drown their coaches and each other in gatorage, beer, champagne and anything else they can find in every sport there is. Girls just want to have fun.

If you object then get a life.They are hockey players first. You want a saint find yourself a church.
Ken, 2010-02-26 20:38:29

Absolutely not!!!! Enjoy it to it fullist!!! Besides you can't gloat if you lose and don't even try to tell me that the american media wouldn't of claimed the greatest team in the history of sport had it been the other way around!!!!! Girls...smoke your cigars and have a shot, you deserve it, where-ever you want!!!!!
gord, 2010-02-26 20:30:06

Way to go girls! Have a beer and a cigar for me.
Happy, 2010-02-26 20:20:50

To Mike at 19:36

OMG! GET A LIFE!!!

They did not disgrace the sport. They did not showboat or rub it in to anyone. From everything I have read or heard, the rink was empty except for some noisy media person looking to trash someone in the lime light again. If you want to talk disgraceful....look at those soccer teams that trash the stadiums after their games. That's when you have something to complain about. These women deserved to celebrate. The training and discipline they have endured to get to this point entitle them to let their hair down. And really now, what harm did they do!!! GET A LIFE! No apology necessary by anyone! Congrats to the team. You make me proud to be a Canadian.
Anne, 2010-02-26 20:20:26

I was on a Calgary talk show this AM and dared say these Canadian girls should have displayed a little more "class". You wanna chugalug and puff on cigars....go to the nearest pub and knock yourself out, but don't go back out onto the ice and wallow in victory. Especially after piling goal upon goal on teams that flew across the globe to try and compete. That's like a high school baseball team "high fiving" each other after clobbering an elementary school team, or the U.S. pro basketball teams that got huge cheers from the Americans when they were first allowed to enter the Olympics, and beat a South Korean team. Welcome to 2010!
lawrence davis, 2010-02-26 20:17:07

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