Thursday, May 19, 2011

Did you see the boob?

Everyone’s talking about Wednesday night’s Vancouver Canucks game.

Not the fact that the Canucks won 7-3 to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference final, but rather everyone’s talking about what happened at the end of the game.

With 2:33 left in the third period, San Jose Shark Ben Eager skated to the penalty box for his fourth penalty of the night.

Then a woman wearing a Henrik Sedin jersey pressed herself against the glass and lifted up her top. She pressed her breasts against the glass of the penalty box and wriggled them around for six seconds before putting her top back down.

CBC aired everything — breasts and all — on its Hockey Night in Canada telecast.

Versus, which airs the NHL in the United States, did not broadcast the flashing, Meier Raivich, vice-president of communications for Versus, confirmed to the Star. (A censored version of the video is embedded above.)

Jeff Keay, head of media relations for CBC, said the breasts were captured by an in-house camera.

“All broadcasters have access to it. We don’t control it,” he said.

So far the CBC has received “several” emails about the incident, which is “a pretty small response for us,” according to Keay.

Typically, complaints from the public about something that aired on television or radio stations would go through the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. However, since the CBC is a crown corporation, anything complaints directed at them will go through the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

The Green Men, who typically sit in the seats by the penalty box to agitate opposing players, tweeted earlier Wednesday that they would not be attending that evening’s game.

“Sorry folks, no game for us tonight. Tix are a little too pricey and Nashville put us in debt,” they tweeted.

After the game, even they had fun with the events, tweeting: “I know we couldn’t be there but I hope we sent a suitable replacement (or is it replacements?)”

The NHL had announced they would be cracking down on the Green Men, saying the two Vancouver fans would not be allowed to touch the glass of the penalty box or do handstands.

Talking to the hockey blog Puck Daddy last month, Sully, one of the Green Men, said a Canucks official told them about the crackdown.

“It’s a liability thing,” Sully told the blog. “Even though I’ve been doing them for a year and a half, and I’m sort of an expert on them.”

Keay said going forward, the CBC hopes fans will act appropriately at games.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of hockey fans and trust they'll use their best judgment with regard to proper decorum at games.”

The NHL has yet to comment on the events at last night’s game. It’s unknown if this mystery woman will face any penalty.


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