ANAHEIM — Max Comtois fell short to convert an overtime charge fired during Canada’s ultimate 2-1 loss to Finland in a quarterfinal of the Globe Junior Event on Wednesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 19-year-old Ducks possibility was after that established upon by cyberbullies on social networks.
It was intense, harmful and, according to one Canadian political leader, racist.
Some reactions to Comtois’ Instagram account additionally used support in the hours after Canada was eliminated from the annual tournament. Canada’s loss indicated it will not play for a medal for only the 2nd time in the past 21 years. Comtois and also Canada were the safeguarding champions.
Comtois’ agents, the Roy Sports Team, provided a statement Thursday on his behalf.
“It is shameful as well as incomprehensible that a couple of cowards who can hide behind social media can make such a vicious strike on these young men’s character after they have fought their hearts out for their country,” the statement checked out.
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“We will certainly make this set as well as just declaration on the subject, so not to confirm anymore the cowardly remarks made on social media. It was Maxime’s concept to use this as an understanding minute for every one of the young people of Canada, that cyberbullying is a genuine trouble, and like all bullies, most of us need to withstand them and also call them out for what they are. Thank you for dropping a limelight on a significant problem in our culture.”
A rural politician from Comtois’ indigenous Quebec pertained to the protection of the French-speaking Team Canada captain, calling the social media sites criticism “anti-francophone racism.” Pascal Berube of Parti Quebecois uploaded his fees on Twitter on Thursday.
Comtois led Canada with five objectives in five games in the tournament, yet could not defeat Finland goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen on an overtime fine shot. Comtois was called captain as the only returning gamer to the squad from the 2018 champion team.
“I was assuming to rating as well as I didn’t,” Comtois stated after the game. “I was choosing my move and also trying to fire. It’s not the very first one that I missed and also it’s not going to be the last one. It needs to hurt, but if I obtain one more possibility later in my career, I have to prepare and also dig in to obtain it in.”
Comtois had 2 objectives as well as 7 points in 10 video games with the Ducks before they returned him to his junior-level team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was the Ducks’ second-round draft pick (50th overall) in 2017 as well as is amongst their highest-rated potential customers.
“While most of followers were helpful in the results of last evening’s Team Canada loss, a few made unsuitable discuss social networks,” Ducks basic manager Bob Murray said. “We do not excuse those comments, and we support the fashion in which Max took care of last night’s defeat with class as well as self-respect, as a captain should.”
There were a number of slightly familiar faces for the begin of the Ducks’ practice on Thursday at Honda Facility. Patrick Eaves (broken rib), Korbinian Holzer (wrist surgical procedure) as well as Rickard Rakell (sprained ankle) joined their colleagues on the ice for the very first time because their injuries.
Eaves and also Rakell skated with Ben Road, putting on red jerseys as well as forming a 5th line up until departing the ice after the initial few drills. Coach Randy Carlyle said he anticipated Eaves and Rakell would certainly push it a little bit harder during Friday’s morning skate before the Ducks deal with Vegas.
There is no schedule for either to return to the schedule.
Holzer skated from beginning to end and is likely to play with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL before making his Ducks season launching after undertaking offseason wrist surgery. Holzer was given consent by Murray to do his rehabilitation and healing in his indigenous Germany.
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