Russia faces punishment for lack of respect to Canada
The IIHF has said Russia will be sanctioned after their players showed a lack of respect to Canada following a 6-1 loss in the final of the world championships in Prague.
Most of Russia’s players left the ice straight after Sunday’s defeat and headed for the dressing rooms without waiting for the national anthem of Canada to be played, which goes against the etiquette of the sport.
“Once we arrive back home after the world championships we will look into this question and we will get in touch with those in charge at the Russian Ice Hockey Federation,” IIHF president Rene Fasel said in the statement to the TASS news agency.
“The IIHF has its own protocol and some sort of punishment will be handed down.”
“On the ice during the game, anything can happen — collisions, fights. However, after its conclusion, respect to the opposition is always necessary,” he added.
Canada won their first world championship since 2007 after three quick-fire second-period goals helped the team filled with NHL stars finish the tournament undefeated.