In May, Team Russia drew the ire of the IIHF for walking off the ice before Canada's anthem was played after the World Hockey Championship final. Russia had just suffered a 6-1 drubbing by Canada, but it is traditional for both teams to remain on the ice for the winner's anthem.
The IIHF stated afterwards that Russia would be punished and on Monday, the IIHF finally handed down their ruling.
The Russian Hockey Federation was fined nearly $85,000 (80,000 Swiss francs) by the IIHF on Monday, according to a release on the IIHF's website.
Despite Russia's argument that the situation was "an unfortunate misunderstanding" the IIHF disagreed and provided a rather detailed explanation for why they felt the fine was valid:
Supported by video footage of the ceremony, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board ascertained that the Russian team captain had discussions with team staff members, after which he talked to his teammates, at the same time moving his head towards the open gate; the gate had been open since the start of the ceremony. The majority of the players and the staff members left the ice immediately following the Canadian Players receiving their medals while a few players remained, eventually leaving the ice themselves a little later.
The remainder of the medal ceremony took place in absence of the Russian national team and its staff. This was exceptional as no other team has ever left the ice before the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship medal ceremony was completed.
This sounds like the script for a new "Law & Order" spinoff.
Among the players who remained on the ice were Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. The Russian captain referred to in the statement is former NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk. Perhaps Russia will choose a different captain in the future.
The RHF has seven days to submit an appeal.
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