‘Hey Canada, This Isn’t Ice Hockey‘ screamed the front page of Malaysia’s leading national newspaper.
At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur – the first time hockey had been played at the quadrennial Games – things got more than a touch rowdy between the hosts and Canada.
In the heat of battle, an umpire’s decision led to Malaysia beating Canada 2-1 and the Red Caribou squaring up to the field official who, according to the Toronto Star, “cowered in fear”.
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