When they're not clubbing baby seals, raping underage thai children or slaughtering whales the Canadians love to terrorize small American children that come to play hockey.
Canadians hurl abuse at U.S. hockey peewees
By INGRID PERITZ
MONTREAL -- A peewee hockey tournament in Montreal became a trip into
hostile territory for a busload of Americans who say they encountered
such fierce anti-Americanism that they will think twice before
During a four-day visit, boys travelling with their Massachusetts
hockey team witnessed the burning of the Stars and Stripes and the
booing of the U.S. national anthem. When travelling in their bus
emblazoned with a red-white-and-blue "Coach USA" logo, they saw people
on the street who extended their middle fingers or made other angry
On the ice, the Canadian players told their visiting counterparts that "the U.S. sucks" and dispensed other anti-American insults, the Americans said.
"It was a shock to go to a tournament and have kids saying this to us.
These are our friends that are doing this," Brockton Boxers coach Ernest
"We didn't expect Canadian players -- especially young boys -- would take things to that extreme," he said in an interview.
The 11- and 12-year-old boys from Brockton, 30 kilometres south of
Boston, had been looking forward to the hockey tournament in Montreal. But
parents who accompanied them said they were unprepared for the depth of
anti-American sentiment over the U.S.-led war against Iraq.
One parent, Bill Carpenter, was so upset he cancelled his family's vacation to Quebec this summer.
"We were very offended by the whole thing," said Mr. Carpenter, who accompanied two sons on the trip.
"I understand the opposition to the war. But we were made to feel unwelcome just about anywhere we went.
"Montreal is a 5½-hour drive for us. It's not like we were travelling to Syria or France or Germany," he said. "As
Americans, we felt in the past that Canada was our closest ally and
friend. No one told us we were heading into unfriendly territory."
The trip soured soon after the Americans rolled into Montreal on March 20.
Their bus entered downtown Montreal just as hundreds of college and
university students were marching through the streets in an antiwar
demonstration. Police cruisers spotted the U.S. bus and escorted it to
its hotel on Sherbrooke Street as a safety precaution. A police officer
urged the visitors to remain in the bus until the protest passed.
The children watched as several demonstrators made obscene gestures toward the bus. A U.S. flag was dragged through the street.
"We felt horrible," Mr. Nadeau said. "How would you feel if the
Canadian flag was dragged down the streets in the U.S.A.? This is a
country that's supposed to be our ally."
That night, about a dozen families went to the Montreal Canadiens-New
York Islanders game at the Montreal Bell Centre, a much-anticipated
visit planned months in advance. In a gesture later condemned, the U.S. national anthem was widely booed by the crowd, leaving the visiting American children perplexed.
"The kids were just questioning, 'Why are they doing this?' " said David Cruise, who was there with his 12-year-old son. "It's hard for them to realize we weren't in America any more; we were in a different country.
"I said, 'They're booing our national anthem because they don't like us.' "
Mr. Cruise felt so uncomfortable that he left with his son after the first period. "Whether
you're for or against the war, we have guys over there dying," Mr.
Cruise said. "The next time, we'll stay in the States. I'm not going
back there again."
The visitors say anti-American comments continued when the young
players faced off against the Beverly Bandits, a team from Beverly, Ont.
U.S. players say the Canadians hurled insults during face-offs and at
"They told us we sucked, gave us the finger and said 'Down with the U.S.A.' or 'The U.S.A. sucks," Mr. Nadeau said. At one point, a
Canadian player made a disparaging remark about the United States "and
the referee turned around and said, 'I agree with you.' "What stunned us
was that the referee, who is supposed to be unbiased, is agreeing with
the boys on the ice."
His players "wanted to retaliate" against the Canadians, but Mr. Nadeau said he urged them "not to do anything foolish."
Denis Desrochers, president of the minor hockey team in Beverly, west of
Hamilton, said in an interview that he had heard nothing about the
"It boggles my mind that the kids would say that. They don't even talk about it," he said. "I wouldn't tolerate it. Whether you're American or Canadian, you're not allowed to swear at any kids."
On Saturday, Mr. Carpenter went for a walk downtown with his two
children as another antiwar demonstration unfolded in Montreal -- one of
several that drew huge crowds in a province staunchly opposed to the
Mr. Carpenter came across a knot of demonstrators surrounding a
protester who, with an Iraqi flag and a U.S. flag, had climbed atop a
The crowd cheered when the man waved the Iraqi flag, and booed the U.S.
flag, Mr. Carpenter said. Then the protester doused the U.S. flag in
"It went up in a puff of smoke and flames, and the crowd went wild.
They were all cheering," said Mr. Carpenter, whose 24-year-old son, a
U.S. Marine, was sent to retrieve bodies of Americans killed in the 2001
terrorist bombing of USS Cole in Yemen.
Mr. Carpenter tried to explain the anti-American displays to his
children. "I said to my kids, 'These folks disagree with our government,
not you personally.' "
As they crossed the border into the United States, cheers went up in the
bus. "We were very, very happy to get back home," Mr. Nadeau said.
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