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Hockey Canada officials appear before MPs
Canadian Press
5/3/2007 10:42:11 AM


OTTAWA (CP) - Hockey Canada officials launched an impassioned defence Thursday of their decision to appoint Shane Doan captain of Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

Hockey Canada chief Bob Nicholson told a Commons committee a racial slur was uttered during a 2005 NHL game but he said it was not Doan who uttered it.

"We're taking Shane Doan, his wife, his mom and dad, his four kids through an allegation that could have been dictated by someone else," Nicholson told the House of Commons' official languages committee.

"This is not right."

In an emotional defence, Nicholson told MPs from all major parties that Doan has represented the country eight times. He said his organization is "100 per cent behind" the selection of the Phoenix Coyotes forward as captain.

Members of all political parties want to know why Doan was chosen captain in the face of accusations that it was he who uttered the slur at a French-Canadian linesman.

Doan has repeatedly denied a linesman's claim that during a 2005 Phoenix-Montreal game he sarcastically spouted the words, "F-----g Frenchman - did a good job," at him.

An emotional Nicholson told the MPs he's known Doan for years and he said the player does not deserve the treatment he has received from federal politicians.

"There is no question those words were said on the ice," said Nicholson. "The National Hockey League's investigation clearly shows that that was stated, but it also clearly shows that they felt that it wasn't Shane Doan.

"That is why we are here today - to protect Shane Doan."

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