This is a bit awkward: the legal drinking age in New York State is 21; the just completed WJC requires players to be born in 1991 or earlier. By that math Ryan Ellis, the old man of the Canadian roster who celebrated -- with Gatorade only, surely -- his 20th birthday on January 3rd is nearly a full year away from pulling up the Anchor Bar and drowning away his sorrows.
This detail didn't bother the victorious Russians, and let's face it, as if it would? Afterall as Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov explained his team's comeback win by a bit of circular logic -- “Because we are Russians! We are champions!” -- it's unlikely a random bylaw was going to stop them.
Delta's flight crew apparently did however, as a large number of Russian players and team officials were deemed too unruly to fly in the wee hours of this morning: “They were asked to deplane after they had boarded the flight this morning by the Delta crew,” C. Douglas Hartmayer, director of public affairs for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, told the Globe's Jill Mahoney. Mr. Hartmayer said the agency called in extra police “just to make sure that nothing did happen.” However, he said, officers did not have to intervene.