World Juniors fallout

The Canada junior hockey team was knocked out of the 2019 World Junior Championship in a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Finland.

Of course, it’s upsetting and the team should have been a gold medal contender. Instead, they will go home with a bruised ego. In some cases, a ton of unacceptable abuse on social media.

Maxime Comtois, a 19-year-old, an Anaheim Ducks prospect and captain of the team failed to score in a penalty shot in the overtime loss. Along with this and his reputation of embellishing, he has garnered a share of hate mail and blame from Canada followers.

Due to the abuse, the young Quebecer disabled comments on his Instagram profile.

Comtois made a mistake, as all people are prone to do, and in a game at that. A game in a tournament that is made primarily held to showcase the young talent in some of the best hockey countries around the globe. Most of the players in the competition are on the verge of playing in the NHL or professionally in other leagues.

The tournament is more about this than the pride of the countries in participation.

After all, they are still kids, barely adults.

I get that mean and harmful things will always be said on the internet, but an adult bullying a teenager online over a hockey game says more about them than said kid missing a penalty shootout that has no real-life consequences.

How does anyone think it’s okay to even say they wish someone gets diagnosed with HIV? It’s incredible that Comtois’ agents had to release a statement to address this.

Comtois is not the sole reason Canada lost the tournament and failed to medal. After all, it is a team game and that game isn’t really just Canada’s game anymore. European countries and the U.S. are getting better and better, especially in the latter’s cities who have won the Stanley Cup.

There is also no shame in losing out to Finland, who has one of the best junior programs in the hockey world right now after a string of mediocrity from 2007 to 2013. The 2013 performance resulted in an inquest and a revamp in their junior system, which has made the country pop out more players like Patrik Laine and Sebastion Aho and less like the stereotypical Finnish grinders such as Jussi Jokinen and Jarkko Ruutu that filled NHL rosters in the 2000s and early 2010s.

Since then, the Fins have won three gold medals in four years, including this year’s tournament.

Canada isn’t in any trouble. They didn’t medal this season but still have the talent pool and infrastructure to compete seriously. Losing a tournament once in a while is bound to happen.


newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Athlete in Focus: Harley Bootsma of the 100 Mile House Wranglers

“I definitely play a lot more here then I did in Revelstoke”

Ferry connecting Port Hardy and Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

37 Years Ago (1982): The office of the provincial ombudsman was recommending… Continue reading

Festival of the Arts registration moved because of Family Day

‘I’m extremely happy with these adjudicators that are lined up’

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

RECALL: Salmon Village maple salmon nuggets

Customers warned not to eat product due to possible Listeria contamination

Most Read