Skip to main content

Hockey ‘No one should go through that’: Team Canada captain responds to cyberbullying in wake of world juniors loss

Canada's Maxime Comtois rests his head on his glove after losing to Finland at the world junior hockey championship in Vancouver on Jan. 2, 2019.

DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

A week after being the target of trolls on social media, Quebec-born forward Maxime Comtois has spoken out publicly for the first time.

The captain of Canada’s world junior championship squad took to Twitter Wednesday to thank all of those who sent encouraging messages following the attacks.

Comtois, an Anaheim Ducks prospect and current Quebec Major Junior Hockey League player with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, invited other victims of online bullying to talk about their experiences.

Story continues below advertisement

“Cyber bullying is a real threat. No one should go through that,” he wrote. “Let’s prevent it. If you are getting bullied or ever had been please speak up.”

He attached a message saying he and his teammates “gave their hearts and souls, both on and off the ice, to represent our country to the best of our abilities.”

The left winger was stopped on a penalty shot in overtime in Canada’s 2-1 quarter-final loss to Finland Jan. 2 and, when Finland subsequently scored, Canada failed to make the medal round for the first time in 21 years.

He faced a barrage of hateful messages on social media after the loss, some of which criticized him for missing the penalty shot and others that attacked him for allegedly embellishing when he was hit on various plays.

The 19-year-old had five goals and an assist during the tournament, and his NHL team revealed Saturday he was playing with a separated shoulder that will leave him on the sidelines for about two weeks.

The Ducks took Comtois in second round of the 2017 NHL entry draft.

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter