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Part of the talk surrounding the celebration by Team Russia after winning the gold medal at the World Juniors tournament in Buffalo was actually the media coverage of the story (or non-story, depending on who you ask).
Contrary to those who think this was all about making a big deal out of nothing, local news outlets didn’t overdo the drinking and partying of the Russian kids after their epic win, because that wasn’t even the main point of the story.
A group of unruly people got kicked off of an airplane. If it were a bunch of kids coming back from a binge at Fallsview casino, or some drunken businessmen stumbling out of town after a conference at the Hyatt Regency, it still would’ve gotten top billing on local newscasts.
From The Buffalo News:
They were thrown off a flight because of unruly behavior, can be seen on a video celebrating with what for all the world appears to be beer bottles in their hands, and several witnesses reported that their behavior had all the earmarks of intoxication.
But as members of the gold medal-winning Russian junior hockey team continued to cool their heels — and maybe treat their headaches? — no one associated with the under-20 players Thursday would acknowledge that there might have been a bit too much celebrating after their thrilling come-from-behind victory the night before over Canada in HSBC Arena.
“I don’t speak English,” one player said Thursday afternoon.
“False,” the team’s media officer said.
“I don’t know what happened,” their coach said.
From The Buffalo News:
The World Junior Hockey Championship will run from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, with only one off day, New Year’s Day. The tournament, showcasing the world’s best 18- and 19-year-old hockey players, will bring 21 games to HSBC Arena and another 10 to Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena.
“It’s the NCAAs, for 11 days, with beer,” Buffalo Sabres public relations director Michael M. Gilbert quipped.
Sabres officials, serving as host for the 10-team tournament, won’t hazard a guess on the number of visitors expected here for what’s considered the second most prestigious international hockey tournament, behind only the Olympics.
All they’ll say is that they expect tens of thousands of fans.
More than 50,000 visitors, mostly from Canada, are expected.