Hockey Canada files complaint over IIHF official’s comments

 

 
 
 
 
Hockey Canada's President and CEO Bob Nicholson speaks in Calgary last December.
 

Hockey Canada's President and CEO Bob Nicholson speaks in Calgary last December.

Photograph by: File, Calgary Herald

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COLOGNE, Germany — Hockey Canada has officially complained to the International Ice Hockey Federation over an IIHF official denigrating players such as Sidney Crosby for not playing at the world hockey championship.

Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson raised the matter directly with IIHF president Rene Fasel on Thursday.

Nicholson also spoke with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, who was upset by the commentary published on the IIHF website by Szymon Szemberg, the federation’s director of communications.

Szemberg, on the IIHF’s home page on Wednesday, slammed players who don’t turn out for the world championship, saying they are turning their backs on their national teams, their fans and the hockey organizations that helped them develop.

“Players who say no to representing their country at the world championship without a legitimate reason turn their backs not only on the team and its fans but also to the system which developed them and made them rich and famous,” he wrote. “They should pay back, but they don’t.”

 
 
 
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Hockey Canada's President and CEO Bob Nicholson speaks in Calgary last December.
 

Hockey Canada's President and CEO Bob Nicholson speaks in Calgary last December.

Photograph by: File, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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