The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee had a late-night party at the Olympic athletes’ village. This prompted them to have a conversation with USA Hockey.
The Associated Press was informed by the USOPC that a noise complaint had been filed in the village. There was no property damage and no one was expelled.
It was nothing like the 1998 Nagano Olympics, when U.S. hockey stars (many of them NHL players) caused $3,000 worth of damage to apartments by throwing chairs and a fire extinguisher through window panes.
The USOPC sent a statement to The Associated Press stating that Team USA athletes must adhere to high standards of conduct. “We spoke with USA Hockey leadership and confirmed those expectations. We can confirm that athletes will remain at the village until their departures are scheduled.”
NHL players will not be attending the Olympics for the second time in a row. The U.S. team consists of 15 college athletes and nearly a dozen other players now playing in North American professional and North American minor leagues.
With a shootout loss against Slovakia, the Americans were eliminated from Wednesday’s quarterfinals. To earn the top seed in knockout round, the U.S. won the first three games.