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Team Canada rallies around Doan after Parliament questions his captaincy

Team Canada rallies around Doan after Parliament questions his captaincy

The Canadian team is rallying around Shane Doan at the ice hockey world championship after his appointment as captain became an issue in the nation's parliament.
Canada's opposition parties questioned his choice due to slurs Doan allegedly made in 2005 toward French-speaking officials during an NHL game between his Phoenix Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens.
An investigation by the NHL found no evidence Doan used any ethnic slur. It has been suggested it may have been made by another player on the ice.
"I don't understand why this keeps happening," Doan said after training Tuesday.
NDP Leader Jack Layton suggested that Doan's captaincy would "cast a shadow on (Canada's) participation on the international stage." Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe said Doan's appointment was disrespectful to French Canadians.
"It hurts. As a Canadian it does," said Doan, who scored the winning goal in Canada's 4-2 win over Norway on Monday. "I take huge pride in playing for my country. I take huge pride in representing everybody and for them to question me being the captain is incredibly disappointing to me.
"I'd rather be called the worst hockey (player) in the world and that I didn't deserve to be on the team than have someone question the person that I am," he added.
Doan denied ever making a slur.
"I never swear," he said. "I stand on my word. I did not say a single thing. I did not say anything remotely close to what is being said.
"That's the most frustrating thing. You can talk to my teammates. You can talk to anybody that knows me. I wouldn't have said it. Some of my best friends are French Canadians."
Doan was part of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2003 and 2004 world championships.
"Shane Doan has answered the call whenever Canada has asked," Canada head coach Andy Murray said. "He's leaving four kids to come over here. He's done enough that he probably had the right to say no, and he has never said no to Canada. He's a real Canadian."
Doan is suing former sports minister Denis Coderre contending that he falsely accused him of making the slur to referee Stephane Auger. Doan also wants Coderre to make a public retraction.
"I'd worked for a long time and then one guy thought he might have heard something and now I've had to defend myself," Doan said. "And then other people try to use it for personal gain and those are the leaders of our country.
"They're supposed to be the people that we look to and the people who represent our country internationally and in our House of Commons."
Canada, which edged Germany 3-2 in its opening game, will face it's first big test of the tournament against Slovakia on Wednesday.


Updated : 2020-11-30 00:55 GMT+08:00