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 U.S.Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and USA Hockey, an Olympic official told The Associated Press.LIVE UPDATES: BEIJING OLYMPICS 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 U.S.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.
NIKLAS EDIN SKIPS SWEDEN TO CURLING GOLD, BRITAIN 2ND 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.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 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.Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business.Story tips can be sent to [email protected]