Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alcohol Prohibited from Stands at World Junior Hockey Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alcohol Prohibited from Stands at World Junior Hockey Championship

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Alcohol prohibited in stands at world juniors

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HELSINKI - Canadian hockey fans at the world junior hockey championship may be a little less rowdy than usual.

A law in Finland prevents any consumption of alcohol in the stands of an arena or stadium, much to the disappointment of many fans who were turned back while trying to carry beer to their seats on Saturday as Canada faced the United States in its opening game of the tournament.

"It's unfortunate, but it's a Canadian thing," said Jerry Fortier of Fort McMurray, Alta., on Saturday while drinking during the first intermission of Canada's game against the U.S. "We do bring our beers into the stands and, y'know, Canada rocks."

The long-standing Finnish law is in place due to safety concerns at public venues.

"You can't take alcohol in the staircases, at all," a spokesperson from the catering services of Helsinki Ice Hall, where Canada will play all of its preliminary games, told The Canadian Press. …

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