Congrats to Canada on the win!
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=9951436In a sport Canada invented, nothing less than gold would do. And when the women's hockey team had it in hand, the joy and champagne overflowed.
The players stormed back onto the ice half an hour after beating the United States 2-0 on Thursday and staged a raucous celebration — smoking cigars and swigging beer and bubbly.
Haley Irwin poured champagne into the mouth of Tessa Bonhomme, gold medals swinging from both their necks. Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed with goofy grins.
Goalies Charline Labonte and Kim St-Pierre posed at center ice for Poulin, lying on their stomachs with a giant bottle of champagne resting just above the Olympic rings.
Rebecca Johnston actually tried to commandeer the ice-resurfacing machine.
Poulin, who scored both goals for Canada, doesn't turn 19 — legal drinking age in British Columbia — until next month. The drinking age in Alberta, where the Canadian team trains, is 18. Photos showed Poulin on the ice with a beer in her hand.
Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, said the antics were "not what we want to see."
"If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing," he said, "but not in public."
In a statement released late Thursday, Hockey Canada apologized.
"The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone," the statement said. "In the excitement of the moment, the celebration left the confines of our dressing room and shouldn't have. The team regrets that its gold medal celebration may have caused the IOC or COC any embarrassment.
"Our players and team vow to uphold the values of the Olympics moving forward and view this situation as a learning experience."