Team Canada after the devastating quarterfinals loss at the WJC.
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Controversy Erupts As Team Canada Players Receive Shocking Personal Threats On Social Media

Published January 3, 2024 at 5:27 PM

Team Canada's Early Elimination from WJC Against Czechia


Team Canada's journey in Sweden took an unexpected turn as they were eliminated from the World Junior Championship during the quarterfinals at the hands of Team Czechia.

Despite the absence of many star players from Team Canada's roster, the early departure of the team disappointed many fans.

In the final seconds of the third period, Czechia scored the game-winning goal, sending Canadian players home.

Following the game, Gord Miller, from TSN, shared a shocking development.

Team Canada Players Face Hate Messages and Threats on Social Media After WJC Elimination


Miller reported that numerous fans sent hateful messages and threats to the players after Canada's defeat:

"I understand that people in Canada are disappointed with the QF loss, but it's disheartening to hear that some of the players are being subjected to nasty personal messages on social media. There's no need for that, they did their best and lost. Two years ago Canada won a gold medal in OT after a miraculous goal line save by Mason McTavish, last year they won the QF in OT on Conor Bedard's goal after a deflected Slovak shot hit the shaft of Thomas Milic's stick. It happens."

Athletes, who are often extremely competitive, already hate losing. Sending negative messages is only making things worse.

Canadian defenseman Oliver Bonk even found it necessary to make his Instagram account private.

"Oliver Bonk put his Instagram on private after being attacked by Canada fans for a play that wasn't even his fault.

Bonk's shown how open he is about his mental health and for grown adults to attack a kid playing in a hockey tournament for teenagers is sick and disturbing."

These young men don't deserve to be hated.


As reported on House of Hockey - Team Canada Players Recieve Threats For Losing To Czechia
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Controversy Erupts As Team Canada Players Receive Shocking Personal Threats On Social Media

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