Monday, February 25, 2002
Officials say there were no 'acts of disrespect'
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Members of the U.S. women's
hockey team did not desecrate a Canadian flag at the Salt Lake City
Olympics, American and Canadian hockey officials said Monday after
a joint investigation.
Canada beat the United States 3-2 for the women's hockey gold
medal on Feb. 21. After the game, Canadian players said they were
angered that American players stomped on a flag in their locker
U.S players repeatedly and vehemently denied the rumor.
On Monday, USA Hockey, based in Colorado Springs, and the
Canadian Hockey Association issued a joint statement saying U.S.
players had committed no "acts of disrespect" against the flag.
"This is a case of false information being circulated by an
unidentified third party," USA Hockey Executive Director Doug
Palazzari said. "There is no question there is a healthy rivalry
between the two teams, but there is also great mutual respect."
Canadian Hockey Association President Bob Nicholson said a joint
investigation showed the rumor was false.
"We congratulate the U.S. team on a tremendous season and look
forward to continuing our great relationship with USA Hockey,"