Thursday 22 March 2018

'The assumptions made are categorically false' - NHL team not happy with Lee Chin's drinking comments

Watch Lee Chin in AIB’s The Toughest Trade this Friday at 10:35pm on RTÉ2
Watch Lee Chin in AIB’s The Toughest Trade this Friday at 10:35pm on RTÉ2 Newsdesk Newsdesk

The NHL team where Lee Chin trained as part of The Toughest Trade have issued a strongly worded statement refuting comments made by the hurler about the side's preparation.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Chin said that the Vancouver Canucks players had something called a 'change-up', where off-form members of the team go for a night out to try and get out of their slump.

"They have this thing called a 'change-up', if a player is not on form or not scoring, either the manager or the other players will just call a 'change-up' and basically that lad has to go out and ruin himself for the night and come back the next day and play the game, to play with the attitude that you just don't care, that kind of thing," Chin said.

"They just send him out, go out and drink 20 pints, go off with a couple of women, do what you want and come back to me the next day! That's pretty much the way they live."

His comments haven't gone over too well in Canada, with Canucks president Trevor Linden issuing a statement denying Chin's claims.

"Our team recently accepted a request from Lee Chin and a TV show for access to an individual on-ice skills session and a game with Canucks alumni," Linden said.

"We were disappointed to learn of the comments made in an Irish Times article about his experience. The assumptions made by Lee Chin on hockey culture and reported by the Irish Times are baseless and categorically false. They do not reflect our players, their conduct or the culture of our game in any way."

Chin's episode of The Toughest Trade is set to air on RTE 2 tonight at 10.35pm.

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