Was it just good fun, or inappropriate behaviour?  

Hockey Canada issued an apology Thursday after the Canadian women’s hockey team threw an impromptu party that included some underage drinking on the ice at Canada Hockey Place after its 2-0 gold medal win over the United States.

The International Olympic Committee is not investigating, but has said they need more details from Olympic officials.

The jubilant players, still in uniform with gold medals draped around their necks, returned to the ice after fans had left the arena and toasted their effort with champagne. Others chugged beer and puffed on cigars.

Photographers snapped various shots of the players, including 18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin celebrating her two goals by chugging a can of Canadian and Gillian Apps puffing on a stogy with a brew in hand. Rebecca Johnston was also snapped jokingly trying to drive the Zamboni. Tournament MVP Meghan Agosta is shown lying on the ice with a beer, trying to take in the overwhelming moment.

The IOC said it will speak with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation. The group claims the antics aren’t a good promotion of “sports values” and suggested the party should have stayed in the dressing room.

Hockey Canada issued a statement Thursday.

“The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone,” the statement read.

“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.”


(L to R) Haley Irwin #21 and Meghan Agosta #2 – Alex Livesey/Getty Images


(L to R) Haley Irwin #21 and Meghan Agosta #2 – Alex Livesey/Getty Images


(L to R) Caroline Ouellette #13, Marie-Philip Poulin #29 and Tessa Bonhomme #25 – Alex Livesey/Getty Images


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