Give these kids a break

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Edi­tor, Any­one who knows me knows how much I love watch­ing the world ju­niors. I have done so since long be­fore there were gold medal games, long be­fore the weight of the coun­try was put on these kids’ shoul­ders, long be­fore some­one de­cided to ex­ploit these kids and take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to cash in on them and start sell­ing tick­ets for $400 for the gold medal game.

I get up at 5 a.m. to watch the games live when they are played in Europe. (Cof­fee and Bai­leys are awe­some!) Yup I am a fan. And I don’t think there are too many peo­ple who were more dis­ap­pointed in the loss (against Fin­land) the other night than I was, well, ex­cept maybe the play­ers and their fam­i­lies.

I can­not fathom the thought of blam­ing one sin­gle kid. Yes, they are kids. They play this game for noth­ing more then the shear pas­sion and hon­our of rep­re­sent­ing our fan­tas­tic coun­try and wear­ing the maple leaf. It is de­plorable that peo­ple in this coun­try feel that they have the right to cy­ber-bully any­one, let alone these kids who each and ev­ery one of them got on the ice and played their hearts out.

We will all get on with our lives and move on. These kids will re­mem­ber that game for the rest of their lives. Give them a break and show them the sup­port that they de­serve from us as fel­low Cana­di­ans.

Con­nie Hur­tubise, Alexan­dria

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