The victory comes less than a month after it was revealed that Hockey Canada has paid millions of dollars to quietly settle numerous sexual assault lawsuits, including a lawsuit implicating several members of the gold medal-winning 2018 World Junior team.
“I would love nothing more than to celebrate another World Junior victory, but, you know… yeesh,” said one fan. “Let’s wait and see if anything comes out about this one.”
With another tournament coming up in December, several fans used this instalment to decide what other country they can support instead.
“The Czechs had their best tournament in years, so they could be fun to cheer for,” another fan said. “Also, from what I can gleam with Google Translate, Latvia doesn’t have a myopic and craven governing body that gives teenagers an irresponsible amount of power and privilege, then cynically exploits hockey’s idealised cultural position to paper over the human suffering that results.”
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