It appears that team Russia will in fact pay for leaving the ice before the Canadian national anthem played following their 6-1 loss to Canada in the gold medal game of the World Hockey Championships.
Among the few who stayed on the ice were Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Dmitry Kulikov.
Russian general manager Andrey Safronov called the incident “a shame.”
“Nothing forced our team to leave the ice and it was simply an organizational mistake and it was our mistake and not the one of the organizers,” Safronov said following the incident.
“We are feeling very ashamed and uncomfortable now and on the behalf of the national team I bow to the Canadians,” Safronov said. “I am lost for words and can say only that there was nothing of a premeditated nature in the incident.”
The IIHF is investigating the situation and looking at possibly punishing the team, according to Russian news agency TASS.
Was it a case of miscommunication, or just being sore losers? In response the Canadian team allegedly said this:
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