Canadian Women's Hockey Team Issues Apology

Canadian Women's Hockey Team Issues Apology

The Canadian women's Olympic hockey team ignited a storm of controversy when photographs emerged of players drinking beer and smoking cigars on the ice.   

The party-hearty girls uncorked the champagne after their big gold medal win against the Americans.

Some of the ladies can be seen lighting up cigars, 18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin, the youngest player on the team, celebrated her gaming-winning goal by swigging a beer.  That's illegal in Vancouver, where the legal drinking age is 19.

Another player was photographed driving a Zamboni with what looks like a can of beer at her side! All the celebration took place after the fans had left the arena.

Gilbert Felli, IOC's Executive Director of the Olympic Games is investigating, saying, "I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public."

The women later issued an apology: "In the excitement of the moment, the celebration left the confines of our dressing room and shouldn't have."

A spokesman for the Canadian Olympic committee says the committee did not provide the alcohol or initiate the party, but also said, "In terms of the actual celebration, it's not exactly something uncommon in Canada."