CALGARY - If it’s a Rumble in Russia you’re hoping for, you better not bank on it.
Despite recent hostilities between the Canadian and American women’s hockey squads, you may have seen the last line-brawl between the two nations — something that’s happened twice this fall, including last Friday in Canada’s 4-1 loss to Team USA in Grand Forks, N.D.
“I’m not a fan of it,” Canada’s head coach Kevin Dineen said Monday about the fighting, as the country’s official 21-woman roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, was unveiled at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. “I think it’s unnecessary, and I don’t think it’s a great reflection of the game. I will strongly suspect that will be the last we’ll see of that.”
But hockey is a passionate game — tempers flare and fists fly on the ice, especially with so much at stake.