When The Best of The Best team is named there is always controversy that follows.
But When the US named their Men's Olympic Hockey Team, they really stepped in it.
First off as a Canadian, I'm very happy Team USA didn't pick Ottawa's Bobby Ryan. He is a tremendously dynamic goal scorer, a game breaker and I'm glad he won't be able to torch my country's team.
But where Team USA management made the mistake was allowing embedded reporters in on all the selection process.
Noted sports journalists were able to listen to, record and eventually report all the discussions and debates.
Unfortunately the wonderfully opinionated and unfiltered Brian Burke was quoted post selection on his views of Bobby Ryan's intensity.
It wasn't complimentary and it was disrespectful and it was put in print for everyone to read. Including Bobby Ryan.
Brian Burke wasn't trying to be a jerk. He was doing what he was supposed to do. Passionately defending and critiquing all the players considered for Team USA.
In this instance he used rather blunt language.
But that is what happens in those types of meetings. I've been in those scouting and coaches meetings. I've been in those debates. A lot of stuff gets said that is between those in the room and nobody else because sometimes unflattering descriptions of players abilities and personalities are debated.
Nobody is trying to be mean or nasty but discussions get intense.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson and I disagree on many issues. However one issue DW has a solid standing with me is on how he does not make public any player discussions, negotiations or analysis from the team. There is nary a peep from the Sharks GM that could be construed as disrespectful. He protects his players.
That's where Team USA failed. They failed to protect an American player.
I applaud the idea of transparency and a unique Insider approach to the selection process. But the smart veteran hockey minds of Team USA should have known that No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, (my life motto by the way).
As unintentional as it was, the Management Team has to accept they screwed up and disrespected a great player and from all reports a wonderful young man.