Canada looked less than stellar at the IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday, falling 6-0 to Russia. What happened after the game ended did not make things any better.
Canadian captain Barrett Hayton displayed poor sportsmanship during the Russian team’s celebratory national anthem after the win, as the 19-year-old left his helmet on while the anthem played.
Barrett Hayton didn't remove his helmet for the Russian anthem and Russia's players were not pleased about it 😬 pic.twitter.com/thv5tCj82F
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 28, 2019
Russian captain Grigori Denisenko was vocal about his displeasure of Hayton’s display, letting the officials know. Additionally, numerous players on the Russian team avoided shaking Hayton’s hand in the post-game handshake line.
Denisenko didn’t get into it when asked about the incident post-game, but he did say that the entire team had an issue with Hayton’s actions.
🇷🇺 captain Grigori Denisenko didn't want to get into the anthem issue with Hayton
"Just something the whole team didn't like," was all he said through a translator https://t.co/TYgGbbj7Ai
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 28, 2019
Hayton and Hockey Canada both offered statements about the act, with Hayton stating he was “lost in the moment.”
Statement from Barrett Hayton and Hockey Canada. pic.twitter.com/ikgoAGbalW
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) December 29, 2019
Also weighing in on the incident on Twitter was Boston Bruins superstar David Pastrnak. Pastrnak, born in the Czech Republic, the host country of the tournament, was not impressed by Hayton’s behaviour.
— davidpastrnak (@pastrnak96) December 28, 2019
Surely this will only add more fuel to the fire of what is an already volatile rivalry between Canada and Russia at this tournament.
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