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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I don't have a problem with the spontaneous celebration.

I think this is huge over reaction. The IOC members need to geyt a life
Robert Goodard, 2010-02-26 12:46:48

No, the crowd was gone,

they have been under great pressure and wanted to let off a little steam. they weren't in bars or hotels drinking and brawling, give them a break !!!
lynne weir, 2010-02-26 12:45:53

The IOC is the one that should be apologizing for being silly. Last I recall, underage drinking was something our police handle, not the IOC.
Chris, 2010-02-26 12:45:37

It might have been a subject of agology had the funnels came out.

Rock On Ladies Rock On!!
Steve, 2010-02-26 12:45:29

Probably a little over the top! But then again it's not every day a group of young athletes thru years of hard work and dedication show they're the best in the world at an event watched world-wide, and in front of their home fans.
DE, 2010-02-26 12:45:15

The negative responses to this are either non-hockey fans or complete hippocrates.

Ms. Poulin is of legal age in Quebec, so is it really a big deal having a beer after training so hard for so long to reach this pinnacle.

Those concerned that it is a bad example to their kids better wake up. This is real life...and if your kid won a gold medal and did not have a beer afterwards, I'd be worried about them.

Way to go ladies!
Greg, 2010-02-26 12:41:48

There should be no apology. They did nothing wrong. If these were the guys it would be all okay. Why do we have to hide everything today. Show the young kids that you can train hard all year, win big and then celebrate with a beer or two - When your job is finished. It would have been news if this had been before the game but after. Give your heads a shake. What are we becoming?
Brenda, 2010-02-26 12:40:08

GET A LIFE,A GREAT GAME WITH THE WORLDS BEST PLAYERS,CELEBRATE AS THEY SEE FIT AND LET THE REST OF CANADA BE PROUD OF THEIR GOLDEN WIN,CONGRATS TO ALL
JIMBO, 2010-02-26 12:38:55

Should not apoligze except maybe the underage part.

I think they should have a news conference with beers in hand and beer for the reporters as well.

This wasn't about getting drunk, it was about showing a part of Canada. A part of Canada that includes beer and hockey. Canada has the oldest brewery in North America and that heritage is something to be proud of and bragged about to the entire would.

Why beer wasn't part of the opening program I don't know. It more Canadian than Killer whales. They only have them on the west coast....beer is in every province.
Smitty, 2010-02-26 12:38:33

HELL NO!!!

They are all legal Drinking age of our Country, Drinking in a licensed establishment after the fans left. The IOC is just a bunch of stuck up busy bodies, who don't know how to celebrate. Specially a gold medal in your home country, against your biggest rivals. Give it a rest IOC
Ryan in Calgary, 2010-02-26 12:36:08

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