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 room.
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," Nicholson said.