IOC plans a let­ter but no in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Cana­dian women’s hockey cel­e­bra­tion

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VAN­COU­VER (CP) — The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee is play­ing down an on-ice cel­e­bra­tion by the Cana­dian women’s hockey team.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said a let­ter is be­ing drafted to Cana­dian Olympic of­fi­cials to get more de­tails on the im­promptu party the Cana­dian women threw at Canada Hockey Place af­ter winning gold at the Win­ter Games, Thurs­day.

“ To be hon­est I think peo­ple are in search of a story that doesn’t ex­ist,” Adams told a brief­ing Fri­day when asked about the in­ci­dent. “ There were pic­tures all over the front pages and so on this morn­ing and I think peo­ple are looking for some­one to say it’s ter­ri­ble.

“At the mo­ment we just are go­ing to write a let­ter and I guess we will just be ask­ing for some clar­i­fi­ca­tions, some ex­pla­na­tion of what occurred. For the time be­ing, un­til that let­ter is writ­ten and a re­sponse is got, I can’t re­ally com­ment any fur­ther.”

Hockey Canada has al­ready apol­o­gized for the in­ci­dent, say­ing: “In the ex­cite­ment of the mo­ment, the cel­e­bra­tion left the con­fines of our dress­ing room and shouldn’t have.”

Adams sug­gested that prompt apol­ogy may have largely ended the mat­ter, al­though the IOC would await a re­sponse to its pend­ing let­ter.

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.

Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored both goals for Canada in the fi­nal, was shown on the ice with a can of beer in hand. Poulin doesn’t turn 19, the le­gal drink­ing age in Bri­tish Columbia, un­til next month. The drink­ing age in Al­berta, where the Cana­dian team trains, and Poulin’s na­tive Que­bec is 18.

A VANOC spokesman sug­gested Poulin may have over­looked the fact the drink­ing age was dif­fer­ent in B.C.

Asked whether the men’s team would have come un­der the same scru­tiny had they taken the ice with drinks and cigars in hand, Adams said he didn’t know.

“On that I’m not sure be­cause the scru­tiny isn’t com­ing from the IOC, the scru­tiny is com­ing from most or all of the front pages of all of the Cana­dian press and tele­vi­sion,” he said. “ Will they come un­der the same scru­tiny, your guess is as good as mine. That’s al­ways ob­vi­ously as­sum­ing that they win on that day.”

The Cana­dian Press

Canada’s Marie-Phillip Poulin, left, and team­mate Tessa Bon­homme smoke cigars and drink beer fol­low­ing their gold medal win over the United States at the 2010 Win­ter Olympic Games in Van­cou­ver, Thurs­day.

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