An Irish athlete is backtracking after he made comments to the Irish Times about Vancouver Canuck’s players’ conduct off the ice.
Lee Chin traveled to Vancouver to play with the Canucks as a part of the television documentary series ‘Toughest Trade.’
The show swaps athletes from various fields to compare skills and training.
During an interview about his experience, Chin said he was surprised at how much Canucks players drank so close to game time.
He was quoted saying players “were lowering pints the day before a game. And that was sitting at lunch.”
Now, Chin is saying his comments were “not a true reflection of the culture of the Vancouver Canucks or its players.”
“Lee is very disappointed that these comments have been the focus of media commentary. At no time did Lee seek to call into question the professionalism of the Vancouver Canucks, its staff, management and players which he found to be exemplary,” reads a statement.
Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations, Trevor Linden has said in a written statement that the organization is “disappointed” to learn about Chin’s comments.
“The assumptions made by Lee-Chin on hockey culture and reported by the Irish Times are baseless and categorically false. They do not reflect our players, their conduct or the culture of our game in any way,” reads the statement.
Chin is apologizing to the Vancouver Canucks, its staff, management, and players for his comments.