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Looks like nothing else better to be debating right now:

MYTISCHI, Russia (CP) - While politicians back home looked for headlines, Shane Doan sought to clear his name Tuesday.

"I'd rather you call me the worst hockey player in the world and say that I don't deserve to be on the team," the beleaguered Canadian captain said after practice at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. "Anything like that, that's fine. You can say whatever you want.

"But don't question my character. Don't question the basis of what I am."

Opposition leaders Stephane Dion, Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe did just that in Ottawa on Monday, when they suggested in the House of Commons that he was unfit to lead the Canadian team at the tournament because of derogatory comments he is alleged to have made about French-Canadians in an NHL game some 17 months ago.

The allegations have never been proven. Doan denies making any slurs and he has been cleared by an NHL investigation.

Doan's answer to the first question about the political barbs back home lasted more than five minutes. While clearly hurt by the politicians' comments, he spoke clearly and calmly about things like character, honour and pride and even apologized afterwards for taking so long to answer.

"I don't understand how people can attack somebody when I was cleared by the NHL," said Doan. "Anybody that does any type of investigation into it would realize I never said it.

"And yet, they can just throw it out in the House of Commons? Those are our leaders. Those are the people that we're supposed to look to."

The allegations stem from a game in December 2005 between Doan's Phoenix Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens. Linesman Michel Cormier says he heard Doan utter a slur against Francophones while skating by him.

Doan says he was trying to calm down goalie Curtis Joseph during a skirmish and wasn't even talking to any of the officials.

"I stand on my word," said Doan. "I did not say a single thing. I didn't say anything even remotely close to what is being said that I said.

"I guess that's probably the most frustrating thing is that you can talk to my teammates, you can talk to anybody that knows me. I wouldn't have said that. Some of my best friends are French-Canadians."

The issue was brought to life Monday when all three opposition leaders suggested the Canadian government speak out against Doan's captaincy. The NDP's Layton even suggested it "cast a shadow" on the Canadian team.

The government refused to bite, saying Doan's appointment was not a government decision.

Doan, 30, says he's always been conscious of how he's carried himself during 11 years in the NHL.

"I play hockey and everything, but the person that I am is way more important," said Doan. "I take incredible pride in being a role model .

"I can't believe that anybody would make allegations or say something about me that has never, ever met me or talked to me."

Doan grew up on a ranch in Halkirk, Alta., where his parents ran a Christian camp for kids. The importance of respect and treating others well were repeatedly taught during his childhood.

He has spent a lifetime trying to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and has left a mark on many of the people who have met him.

"There's not a nicer guy in the world than Shane Doan," Coyotes CEO Jeff Shumway said from Phoenix. "I wasn't around when whatever happened, happened, but I have never heard Shane say a bad word about anybody. It would certainly surprise me if he ever said anything like that."

Doan is a devout Christian who is often teased by teammates for his unwillingness to swear. Fudge is the word he's most likely to use while upset.

Mike Cammalleri has felt Doan's influence and is reluctant to say a bad word in front of him. He can't imagine his captain ever offending anyone.

"Anybody that knows Shane will tell you that it's a very hard thing for any of us to believe that he said something like that," said Cammalleri. "He's pretty much the perfect leader when you think of a guy you want for Team Canada.

"I'm astonished. It just seems like the shoe doesn't fit."

Doan won gold medals at the world championship in 2003 and 2004 and was named captain before the start of this year's tournament.

Coach Andy Murray strongly defended the player he chose to lead his team.

"Shane Doan has answered the call whenever Canada's asked," said Murray. "He's leaving four kids to come over here. He's done enough that he probably had the right to maybe say no and he never has said no to Canada.

"That's all I'll say about it - it's just the fact that I think he's a real Canadian."

Perhaps somewhere down the line the players might be thanking the politicians.

The controversy could provide a rallying point for the 2-0 Canadians heading into Wednesday's game against Slovakia (TSN, 12:15 p.m. ET) - the first real test they'll face in the tournament.
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Good to see our tax dolars are being put to good use. WTF, does that have to do with anything they are mandated to do. I wish for once we got the chance to voice our opinions to politicians without recourse. This makes me extremely furious! Even if he did, who gives a sh*t. Again, what the hell does that have to do with politics.

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I wonder if there was some prompting to have Stephane Dion, Jack Layton, and Gilles Duceppe bring the issue up in the House. Anyone know how the lawsuits are going. You know, the ones where Shane Doan is suing Denis Coderre and being countersuied by him over the alleged remarks. Obviously the fact the NHL investigated and cleared him has no relevance. But then, being politicians, courting certain sections of the electorate takes precedence doesn't it.
 

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On that note, what are we American? These types of lawsuits are something I expect to hear from Motluck and Associates during Maury. He called me a name, SUE! I spilled coffee on myself because I'm a putz and I got burned, SUE!

When I played hockey and we'd play the french teams, we'f call them amphibian-type names; and I'm French, my mothers a Francophone. Grow-up, it's part of the game. This is what happens when you have to pussy-foot around everything; we turn into a bunch of whiney babies. I shall hang my head in shame... maybe the politicians want their bah-bah...
 

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On the other hand Denis Coderre isn't your average Joe. Shane Doan was alleged to have said it in 2005 and Denis Coderre pursued it during the last election campaign. The NHL criticized him for the letter he sent.

''Mr. Coderre should focus on getting re-elected and not on how we run our business,'' Colin Campbell, executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, told The Canadian Press.
TSN : CANADIAN HOCKEY - Canada's Sports Leader

Oh, does anyone know if Denis Coderre is footing the legal bill on his own? I'm read that he wouldn't comment when asked if taxpayers were footing his legal bills.
 

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Well seems like this has gone to the next phase as Hockey Canada officials, including Bob Nicholson are heading to Ottawa to meet in from of a committee on this issue.
 

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Oh, GREAT, now our World Hockey Team is being selected by our government?!? :confused: What, do we we live in Russia?

Shouldn't they be running the country and let those in charge of the team handle the team. Or raise this to the media and let it play out in the media and public.
 

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Mr Speaker our next order of duty is the pending hip surgery of Matts Sundin, and the possible economic impact on this country due to the decline of Leaf jerseys sold in TO.
 

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Maybe the Government feels that this is an easy issue to settle compared to all the other "governmenting" that they have to do.

Watch out folks, were in good hands!
 

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I am on verge oif a one-man protest on the Hill tomorrow. A congressional hearing tomorrow? WTF! I am more mad now than when Fisher tripped Brodeur the other night; AND I HATE THE SENS WITH A PASSION!

Here is a leeter I wrote to my MP; Gordon O'Connor, and also wrote to the lieberal party.

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I am EXTREMELY outraged that the opposition parties are forcing a congressional meeting with Hockey Canada tomorrow to question Shane Doan as a Captain. What does this have to do with Parliament. (I am refraining from a verbal parade of expletives!)

Secondly, they are accusations, not guilt until proven guilty! Does this still exist? The NHL determined the allegations to unfounded.

Is this all you have to do!

I know why I stopped voting Liberal!!!

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It would be nice if the MPs spent their time and energy on important things. You know, like the price of gasoline.

But no, they spend their time smearing a person who isn't even in the country to defend himself over alleged comments on which he has already been investigated and cleared. Our tax dollars at work. :mad:

I thought about complaining to my MP but he's BQ and sends all his information to constituents in French only. Somehow, I don't think he would take my complaint seriously.
 

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I see the committee hearings went well. ;) ( emphasis added )
It was the Bloc members who were the most critical.
"Hockey Canada took a decision that was unacceptable for Quebecers. ... There are some Canadians shocked by this and aren't happy. This is because in the Calgary office (of Hockey Canada) people don't understand how Quebecers experience this and how important hockey is for them," said MP Luc Malo (Verchères-Les Patriots).

"If this had been understood, then you wouldn't have chosen Shane Doan."
TheStar.com - News - Doan not to blame, official tells MPs
Translation: Why didn't you appoint a Quebecois as Captain.

And since the referee in this case is so thin-skinned, maybe he needs to look for another line of work.
 

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I don't remember there being this much arguing whem team Canada put Todd Bertuzzi on the team and I feel that his actions were much more severe.

Laterz :)
 
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