A Reminder: Team Canada Is A Team Of Teenagers, Keep Your Toxicity To Yourself
**CONTENT WARNING – PROFANITY BELOW**
Yes, we’re using the T-Word again. Toxic.
And, yes, we can preface this by knowing that people still won’t understand and will likely comment with more hate for Canada’s teenagers, notably Nico Daws. Or, perplexingly, they’ll blame CKSN for making it worse by bringing up the topic.
Now that that is out of the way.
The average age of Team Canada’s World Junior team is 18.61 years. Every player on the team is a teenager. Two are 17-years-old.
Did they play great against Russia? No. But we’ve made the World Juniors a spectacle. It is an incredible event that is fun to watch, but these are still teenagers. They are still developing mentally and physically. So it’s important to keep our toxic comments to ourselves. We should be in awe of their amazing talents. Talents almost none of us have ever possessed.
Let’s be critical of defensive systems, analyze areas for improvement, but let’s not demean or demonize any individual kids here.
You’d think people would have learned listening to Maxime Comtois after last year’s World Juniors, where he was attacked online following his missed penalty shot for Canada.
“It changed me in a way, I’m aware now of the suffering people go through when they’re attacked, and it can happen anywhere and to anyone,” Comtois said to media following thousands of online attacks and comments.
This from a then 19-year-old player, who was the captain of Team Canada, and who had already played in the NHL. He has gone on to launch anti-bullying campaigns following his experience.
This year, it was Nico Daws, who was pulled from a loss to Russia, and subsequently demonized online.
Daws was the best goaltender 19-years-and-under in Canada. That’s why he was selected as Canada’s starter. People used the fact he wasn’t drafted last year by an NHL team (he’ll be drafted this year) as ammo.
Again, hockey fans and the culture is toxic. We have no reason or right to make fun of this talented player calling him trach, or horrible, or telling him he will never reach his lifelong goals. Yes, this would likely happen in other sports, but it doesn’t mean the hockey community doesn’t need to be better.
Remember, this is a teenager, who is one of Canada’s best players. Chosen as the best goalie of thousands upon thousands. Canada lost a game. Daws hurt no one, and he has an incredibly bright future.
What should we have done? Build him up, send messages of support, send messages of encouragement, or just keep our mouths shut and fingers from typing. Instead, you’ll see what many chose to do below.
The good news is, MANY people did defend Daws, but it doesn’t change the fact that there is still clean up to do in online communities, cyber bullying, and the world of sports.
Again, hockey players, hockey coaches, hockey parents, and hockey fans need to be better. We’ll leave this here for you, and hopefully many of these Tweets have already been deleted. These were about a 19-year-old playing a game, just a game, that means nothing, that’s supposed to be fun, that he loves. Again, profanity warning below.
We can all be better.
Daws is a trash can… Holy hell kid make a save
— BET BULLY (@BetBully) December 28, 2019
Nico Daws showcasing why he was undrafted
— Matviyko (@kingmatviyko) December 28, 2019
Daws is not a good goalie.
— Maple Leaf’s Daddy (@SaleCyYoung) December 28, 2019
Nico Daws is fucking atrocious
— Brett (@StecherSnipes) December 28, 2019
Sorry but Daws sucks
— Chase. (@chaser321) December 28, 2019
Wouldnt have happened if they didnt start an undrafted goalie….but everyone loves that goof.
— Scotty Knaughty🇨🇦 (@ScottyKnaughty) December 28, 2019
DAWS FUCK YOU!
— #RYUSZN Dolphins 4-11 #TankForTua #FinsUp (@LetsGoBlueJays2) December 28, 2019
Daws is horrendous omg
— OG (@IceSchmaltz) December 28, 2019
Daws u effin suck man
— cartichoke (@cartermacg) December 28, 2019
Pull Daws out now! He couldn’t even see a beach ball #WorldJuniors
— Rusty James (@TheHabinator) December 28, 2019
Nico Daws is horrible. he won’t even have a career in the NHL.
— jason (@country_music30) December 28, 2019
— Christina L (@Kulbabs29) December 28, 2019
Daws is putrid #WorldJuniors
— J Cards (@Jcardamone9) December 28, 2019
Finally! Daws is trash. Undrafted for a reason!
— 🍜 (@Grayson_Besser_) December 28, 2019
This Daws is a shit goalie #wjc
— JoeLeafzfanaticsince77🖕 (@JoeBonneville) December 28, 2019