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Canadian Women’s Hockey Team ‘Picture Perfect’ Apology, IOC Drops Investigation

February 28, 2010 /  by  

Most people are aware of the controversy surrounding Thursday night’s hockey game between the US and Canadian Women’s hockey teams. No, it wasn’t a bad call or an upset. This controversy took place after the game was over.

After defeating the US team 2-0, the Canadian women celebrated in full force. After the stadium had cleared, the press stuck around – snapping pictures of the celebration that included beer, champagne, cigars – and gold medals. By now, we are very aware of the International Olympic Committee’s strict policy on partying anywhere near an Olympic medal (if you haven’t read about Scotty Lago being kicked out of the Winter Olympics last week, click here). Of course the pictures were released of the ladies celebrating, and a beast was unleashed.

The International Olympic Committee stated in an interview with the associated press that they were going to investigate the celebration. Executive director of the Olympic games Gilbert Felli said, “It is not what we want to see. I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public… We will investigate what happened.”

What probably raised the most concerns with the IOC was that Marie-Philip Poulin, the 18-year-old star player who scored both goals in the game, was drinking underage. It’s not as bad as if it were in the US – in Vancouver, the legal drinking age is only 19. And furthermore, Poulin is only a few weeks shy of the legal age. but still, the law is the law, and I think that was a big part of the investigation talk. Other than that, celebration pictures featured Haley Irwin pouring champagne into Tessa Bonhomme’s mouth, players drinking beer and champagne while smoking cigars, and even Rebecca Johnston trying to drive the Zamboni around.

After all of the smoke cleared, it seems that the International Olympic Committee dropped it’s investigation for the most part. Saturday the IOC was whistling a different tune, as spokesperson Mark Adams said, “I would say to characterize it as an investigation would be wrong… We are just writing them a letter just to find out a few more details.”

He maintained that the scrutiny was coming not from the IOC but the media. That seemed partially correct. The IOC didn’t weigh in, apparently, until asked about it by the Associated Press. Still, an IOC official did use the words “investigate the actions” in the AP report Thursday night. He added, “I think if you read the statement from the athletes, they clearly knew they had gone out of bounds and they said it was inappropriate and they apologized for any embarrassment, so I think it’s pretty clear they know they overstepped the bounds.”

Below are pictures of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team, Drinking and Smoking to celebrate their Olympic Gold Medal Win last night:

What do you think of the celebration? All fun and games, or bad representation of gold medal winning athletes? Leave your comments below.

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  • February 28, 2010 at 7:19 am lyle

    Leave these girls alone.

  • February 28, 2010 at 7:23 am admin

    You realize the article isn’t against the ladies, right? It is covering the fact that there will be no investigation… which is great for them. Just trying to get peoples’ opinions 🙂

  • February 28, 2010 at 8:48 am Ron Cee

    What’s to investigate? The pictures say it all; A bunch of young women drinking and smoking cigars on center ice at the Olympic skating venue. Could you please have a band on that cigar next time so the brand could be represented. I’m sure Coors and Molson appreciate the free commercial plug. Great game……. bush league celebration. I’d like to turn you all over my knee and give you a good spanking…… with your drawers down of course! 😀 😀 😀

  • February 28, 2010 at 9:54 am Shari Lee

    Whoo Hoo Girls party on you earned it and there’s nothing wrong with celebrating all your hard work over the past four years and then some !!!!!!!!!!! Three Gold’s in a row looks great on you!!! I wish I was there to join you!!!

  • February 28, 2010 at 10:23 am rcm

    love their spirit and the purity of the celebration. disturbing that a party crashing stinkin looser wants to be famous and the clueless press want another lame apology. love these women!

  • February 28, 2010 at 10:33 am Steve Doig

    Fun and games at their home away from home

  • February 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm dave

    I like how jon montgomery chugs a pitcher of beer on tv (in front of everyone) and he is a canadian hero and was actually nominated for the fan choice award for best celebrations. how come the womens hockey team can’t go on the ice after everyone has left the arena and drink some champagne. let them be, congrats girls and don’t feel bad about this.

  • February 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm da dude

    Sorry they party? ahahahhaah so sick

  • February 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm Mitchell

    I’m a proud Canadian and disappointed with the post-game celebration by Team Canada. No self-respecting Canadian hockey player should EVER drink light beer!
    Way to go ladies! I reach for my Molson Canadian and salute you! :o)

  • February 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm John Jackson

    The girls worked hard and won the big game…….give them a break they deserve to blow off some steam!!!!

  • February 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm Michael Costello

    I am a proud American and I love the photo’s! Congratulations ladies, you earned the beer, champagne and cigars and especially the Gold Medals!

  • February 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm Nick B

    I disagree with that being an embarrassment. I’m sure anyone not stuck up and snobbish who enjoys the occasional taste of alcohol would do the same. Good work girls. -from USA

  • February 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm Sarah Michal

    This is trashy to the olympics. Not only was one girl under age but they are role models. Now very poor role models. I think that something more should have come of all this. It is sad that athletes of that level would take it out of the locker room. My daughter loves hockey and that is not the team I want her to look at. My only word is trashy.

  • February 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm Eric

    Party on, ladies! I’m in the States (where we lost TWICE in Olympics hockey this year) and I think Canada deserves to celebrate to the fullest.

  • February 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm Eric

    However…. what’s with the Coors????? Molson, baby!

  • February 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm Nancy

    You go girls! You have every right to celbrate. People need to loosen up!!!

  • February 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm Mike

    They better not complain when woman’s hockey gets dropped from the olympics.

  • March 1, 2010 at 1:04 am joana

    great game they celebrated as a team they did`nt do anything wrong

  • March 1, 2010 at 10:33 am MaX

    Response to: This is trashy to the olympics. Not only was one girl under age … – Sarah

    I believe that these women are great role models! They are showing that they have the right to celebrate! Yes they are women, but they are hockey players! I know a few of them personally, and they are all great people, nothing near to being trashy. If you look at many other celebrations found in large sporting events (Stanley Cup, Super Bowl, etc…), you will find that they are all very similar. Check out this link for proof
    These women, for me, portray equality, strength and determination. Not trashiness…
    Most people who have participated in large competitive events know what they are feeling at that moment and can relate to their actions… and to be truly honest, I would think that they don’t regret a second of it – I know I would have done the same!
    From a Female Canadian Hockey Player from Sudbury Ontario. Way to go Tessa n Becca!

  • March 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm Tara C.

    The issue isn’t that they “partied”, rather that they did it in uniform with not all participants of age to do so. There is a time and a place for this and it’s not in uniform or on the ice. Have a little pride for your country!! Sad really.

  • March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm Max

    I have plenty of pride, thanks! What better time and place… I can’t think of one.

  • March 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm Doug M

    Frankly, for soem of them this is the last time they will be in Canadian Hockey jerseys. If they wanted to celebrate by gathering naked at center ice and farting out the tune to Handel’s Messiah, then I would have been so pround to bring them the beans and beer to get it done. What is a sure sign of a break down in morality is the sanctimonious holier than thou losers who think there is something wrong with this.

  • March 4, 2010 at 8:19 am Rhea

    …to be honest…in terms of a party…this looks more like a PJ party…than anything that would even begin to give offense…they did the hard work…and when a woman comes home from a hard day’s work, she likes to relax and have a drink and light up…I think they should camp it up some more…offer their golden girls quality up for more advertising contracts. Molson should be so lucky. And how many bottles of champagne have we seen spread all over men’s locker rooms in celebration? A river’s worth maybe? Oh…did someone forget to criticize them? Opps. Besides, how far can these women go to do damage with their skates still on…? If you are drinking and still wearing your skates…do you think they are out of control? My guess is not at all. Congrats!

  • March 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm Samm

    So at the winter olympics in CANADA of all places, you didn’t expect Canadian teams who won gold to celebrate? I guarantee that if the guys had done this, there would not have been a problem! Women are under funded, under publicized and under valued even though they are better than any other hockey team in girls and arguably better than the Canadian men’s hockey team! It’s ok for them drink as long as its behind closed doors? What era are we in?! And that ‘under age’ Marie Philip Poulin is 18! from Quebec! Guess what the drinking age in Quebec is! 18! Fucking morons! For anyone who does not think that girls playing hockey are role models-u need to get your head out of your ass!
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