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Comtois’ Representatives Issue Statement Regarding WJC
By Michael Walters
Yesterday Team Finland beat Team Canada by a score of 2-1 in overtime. It was a great win for Team Finland as they upset Team Canada, who was a favorite to win the World Junior Championship.
Overshadowing the game was the aftermath that ensued on social media especially on Max Comtois‘ Instagram account. Comtois was highly praised for his play to start the tournament but then was heavily criticized on social media when Team Canada was eliminated.
Several people decided to leave negative comments on his Instagram account regarding his play and being named the Captain of Team Canada. This caused Comtois to turn off the comments on his account. The comments were not necessary and I will not repeat any of them here because I do not want to give those individuals any more of an audience than what they have already received.
Comtois’ representatives issued this statement about the situation:
“Maxime Comtois is the ultimate example of a Hockey Canda athlete who has grown through the ranks to become a selfless leader. No one is prouder to wear the Maple Leaf on his chest and C on his jersey.
These young men understand and accept the pressure that comes with their roles in the hockey world.
It is shameful and incomprehensible that a few cowards who can hide behind social media could make such vicious attacks on these young men’s character after they have battled their hearts out for their country.
We will make this one and only statement on this subject, so not to validate anymore the cowardly comments made on social media. It was Maxime’s idea to use this as a learning moment for all the youth of Canada, that cyber bullying is a real problem, and like all bullies, we all need to stand up to them and call them out for what they are. Thank you for shedding a spotlight on a major problem in our society.
Best of luck to all the participants still battling in the WJC, still the best tournament in the world.”
You can click the image below to view or download the document of the official statement.
At the end of the statement, it provides this link for cyberbullying:
Hopefully, we can all learn from this situation.
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January 3rd, 2019