Team Canada captain harassed online after missing penalty shot against Finland
Canada's world junior hockey team won't win a medal in 2019, after losing to Finland 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night in Vancouver.
The result might have been different, however, had Canadian captain Maxime Comtois converted a penalty shot midway through the sudden-death extra period.
"It's not the first time that I'm going to miss an important one," a dejected Comtois told TSN after the game. "Hopefully if I get one more chance in my career, I'll just try to bury it."
After the loss, however, the 19-year-old Longueuil native became the subject of a torrent of online abuse from disappointed Canadian hockey fans online — some of which attacked his francophone heritage.
"The captain of the Canadian hockey team shouldn't dive like an Italian soccer player and come up with such a pathetic attempt on an overtime penalty shot," wrote one commenter — and that was among the nicer comments.
'I hope you get HIV'
He was called a "useless bag of dog s**t" by one commenter, while another wrote, "I hope you get HIV you French f**k."
The Parti Québécois' interim leader Pascal Bérubé denounced what he called "anti-francophone racism" on his Twitter account late Wednesday night.
Comtois has since disabled comments on his Instagram account, but later social media posts were supportive of Comtois, and denounced the online haters.
"He doesn't deserve the hate or anything negative," wrote one commenter. "He's a junior for God's sake. He did everything to represent HIS country.''
Comtois was a second-round draft choice of the Anaheim Ducks in 2017. He has played in 10 games for the Ducks this season, scoring twice and earning five assists.
This will be the only official statement regarding Max Comtois. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/EgNWrODqMC— Roy Sports Group (@RSGHockey) January 3, 2019
With files from the Canadian Press