Team USA men’s hockey subject of noise complaint in athletes’ village

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The USA men’s hockey team was the subject of a noise complaint in the athletes’ Olympic Village at the Winter Games in Beijing, officials said Saturday.

No property damage was reported, and no one was kicked out, but the incident prompted a conversation between the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and USA Hockey, an Olympic official told The Associated Press.

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United States players console goalie Strauss Mann after losing to Slovakia 3-2 in a shootout in a men's quarterfinal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics Feb.  16, 2022, in Beijing.

United States players console goalie Strauss Mann after losing to Slovakia 3-2 in a shootout in a men’s quarterfinal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics Feb. 16, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

“We hold Team USA athletes to very high standards of personal conduct,” the USOPC said in a statement. “We have spoken to USA Hockey leadership, affirmed those expectations and can confirm that athletes will remain in the village until their scheduled departures.”

The US men’s hockey team featured no NHL players in 2022 due to the spike in coronavirus cases ahead of the Olympics. The team was made up of 15 college players and some pros who mostly play in European and North American minor leagues.

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Slovakia's players celebrate after beating the United States 3-2 in a shootout in a men's quarterfinal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics Feb.  16, 2022, in Beijing.

Slovakia’s players celebrate after beating the United States 3-2 in a shootout in a men’s quarterfinal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics Feb. 16, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

The Americans were undefeated in the preliminary round and appeared to have some momentum going into the knockout stage. But the team was eliminated by Slovakia in a shootout despite being the top seed.

The noise incident appeared to be far from what occurred at the 1998 Nagano Games.

The United States' Aaron Ness (42) leaves the ice as Slovakia players celebrate behind him after a men's quarterfinal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics Feb.  16, 2022, in Beijing.  Slovakia won 3-2 in a shootout.

The United States’ Aaron Ness (42) leaves the ice as Slovakia players celebrate behind him after a men’s quarterfinal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics Feb. 16, 2022, in Beijing. Slovakia won 3-2 in a shootout.
(AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

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After being eliminated from medal contention, men’s hockey players damaged nearly a dozen chairs and set off fire extinguishers, the Los Angeles Times reported. NHL players were on the team at the time and downplayed the incident. Damage estimates were between $ 1,000- $ 3,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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