Representatives of Canadian world junior captain Max Comtois released a statement Thursday condemning the treatment the 19-year-old received on social media following Wednesday's quarterfinal loss to Finland.
Canada let a 1-0 lead slip away late in the third period and subsequently lost in overtime after Comtois failed to convert a penalty shot that would have pushed the hosts through to the semis.
Here's part of the statement from Roy Sports Group. It can be seen in its entirety here.
Maxime Comtois is the ultimate example of a Hockey Canada athlete who has grown through the ranks to become a selfless leader. No one is prouder to wear the Maple Leaf on his chest and "C" on his jersey.
These young men understand and accept the pressure that comes with their roles in the hockey world.
It is shameful and incomprehensible that a few cowards who can hide behind social media could make such vicious attacks on these young men's character after they have battled their hearts out for their country.
Comtois won gold with Canada at the tournament in 2018 and had six points in five games this year in Vancouver. The elimination marks the first time Canada has failed to medal on home soil.