A casual round of Winnipeg-bashing by some hockey players has turned into what can only be described as a ~whole thing~.
It all started with this tweet from the NBC Twitter account that covers the San Jose Sharks.
In the video, Sharks players were asked which city is their least favourite to travel to for games. All three had the same answer: good ol' Winnipeg.
"I think it's Winnipeg, because every time it's so cold and dark there. I don't like it there," said Tomas Hertl.
"Winnipeg. Dark. Cold. Hotel is a little questionable," said Justin Braun. "Internet doesn't work ever. I don't know if they have Wi-Fi there yet."
The tweet has since been deleted (we'll get to that in just a sec), but Canadian hockey fans were less than impressed with the assessments.
People were salty.
And it was made even better when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Sharks 4–1 last Sunday in an act of sweet, sweet karma.
(To be clear, -2 is warm for Winnipeg in winter.)
But the salt didn't stop there. Manitoba's premier Brian Pallister called the comments "childish and immature."
"All athletes reveal themselves more after they've lost than they do after they win. These players from San Jose, I'd just tell them, 'Come back soon, and get ready to be pouty again after your next loss.'"
Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman took to Twitter to prove the Wi-Fi in the city does indeed work.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice was also displeased and called out NHL players — who get paid millions of bucks to play a game they love — for complaining about anything.
"I don’t think any coach, player, trainer, referee should ever complain about a day in the NHL," he said, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
"The thread count at your hotel isn’t right or your Frappuccino isn’t frothed right? I don’t even know what a Frappuccino is. My point being we’ve got nothing to complain about; pretty good life, every day. Every city’s a pretty darn good one."
But the final nail in the coffin for the original tweeted video was the reaction of Doug Wilson, general manager for the Sharks.
“It’s disappointing that our broadcast partner would put our players in that position. First of all, by even asking that question, then putting it on our broadcast,” Wilson told the Mercury News.
"That was a question that was one of 30 that were asked earlier in the year. To me, it was an inappropriate question that should not have been asked. Whether it was an attempt at humour, it was not appropriate.”
While the tweet has now disappeared to wherever regrettable tweets go, it might take longer for the resentment to fade.
Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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