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PAUL MAURICE AND HIS COACHING STAFF REFUSE TO SHAKE HABS PLAYERS' HANDS AFTER BEING SWEPT

JUN 8, 2021  (9H28)      MIKE ARMENTI
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Sportsmanship is huge in hockey, especially come playoff time when it comes time to line up and shake hands at the conclusion of an emotional series. It's something that's taught to players from the early stages of their playing days and a tradition that is carried on to all levels of the game thereafter.

On Monday night, the Montreal Canadiens completed the sweep, eliminating the Jets in 4 straight to be the first team in the NHL to punch their ticket to the semifinals with a thrilling overtime victory. However, when the teams lined up to shake hands, the Jets' coaching staff left the ice surface without shaking the hands of the Habs players.

While it is optional, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it seems strange that Paul Maurice and his coaching staff would just walk on by without showing true class and sportsmanship in defeat and congratulating the winning team.

In the clip below, you can see the Jets' coaching staff crossing the ice surface ahead of the Habs' handshake line without so much as acknowledging the Habs' players, even from a distance. Instead, they keep their heads down and proceed off the ice.


Look. Disappointment is a hell of a thing.. I certainly understand that. But in these moments, I fully believe in sticking around and making at least some sort of a congratulatory gesture. If you're worried about shaking hands due to COVID-19, there are always fist bumps, bows, claps, literally anything other than tucking your tail between your legs and leaving - especially given the fact that sportsmanship is an enormous part of the postseason tradition.

I can certainly acknowledge that losing a series that you were favored to win is tough. Getting swept is even tougher to handle. Getting swept without your top line center due to a suspension that you've come out and publicly stated that you don't agree with and then refusing to shake the winning team's hands.. that just seems petty. So for Maurice and his staff's sake, I really hope that it was a purely pandemic-motivated decision, because that's a bad, bad look otherwise. I'm sure the question will come up during the Jets' season-ending media scrum later this week.

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