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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Team Russia kicked off flight after winning World Junior Hockey Championship

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 1:33 p.m.

What happens after a team wins a world championship with five third-period goals that crush the will to live from Team Canada? There's the requisite celebration, of course. And then everybody gets kicked off the flight home for being intoxicated.

After winning gold with the greatest comeback in the history of the World Junior Hockey championships, Team Russia was kicked off a Delta flight as it was boarding at the Buffalo airport. Airport spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer estimated that about 32 members of the traveling party -- heavy emphasis on party -- were left behind when the plane departed for Atlanta.

Tough to blame the kids, who'd won Russia's first gold medal since 2003. They'll get home somehow.


Junior Team Russia is staying in Buffalo overnight. They checked into a Buffalo hotel and won't be coming back to Russia tomorrow morning.less than a minute ago via web

Chesnokov adds that there's a chance Russia sends a charter for the lads.

By Cindy Boren  | January 6, 2011; 11:32 AM ET
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That is hilarious!

Posted by: capscoach | January 6, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Please do the simple 'homework' before you write; the Russians scored 5 (not 4) unanswered goals.

Posted by: HockeyBias_dot_com | January 6, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Dear Team Canada, I am awash in schadenfreude. All my best, your SOB (south of the border) cousin.

Posted by: prestoj | January 6, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Please do the simple 'homework' before you write; the Russians scored 5 (not 4) unanswered goals.

Posted by: HockeyBias_dot_com | January 6, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Please, hockeybias, like you've never made a simple error in your life, you stones-in-a-glass-house thrower.

Back to our regular scheduled program, that is HILARIOUS. I bet Ovie, Semin, and Varlamov tipped a few back last night too.

Posted by: playahatah | January 6, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

u could see them being unruly win they were celebrating on the ice after the game. if I knew Russian I know many of the words would have been beeped or the sound muted.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 6, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I loved watching the russians hand it to the canadians. Way too much overconfidence from the commentators last night during the game, to the point that it was obnoxious. I had a blast listening to Versus and NHL network analyst (all canadian) chock on their words when describing the defeat later that night.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | January 6, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Tough to blame the kids"? Really? TOO DRUNK TO BE ALLOWED ON AN AIRPLANE? What is so tough about any "blame" in this? Awful.

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | January 6, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you can blame the "kids" and the coaches. How many laws were violated? Responsibility is supposed to be a lesson of sports. Guess not.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 7, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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