Following Workforce USA’s 2-Zero upset win over Canada within the gold-medal recreation on the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship on Tuesday, cameras caught the People bringing out a big blue can with a Hockey Canada emblem and posing with it.

Twitter instantly went bonkers after TSN’s Ryan Rishaug posted the image and video, calling it classless and disrespectful. 

But it surely really wasn’t a trash can. It was a barrel. Head coach Nate Leaman defined the barrel earlier than answering questions in his postgame information convention.

“It is a story that after I was an assistant coach [with USA Hockey at world juniors] in 2007, [head coach] that Ron Ralston delivered to our group. [The story is] about crossing the guts of the Sahara Desert; crossing a terrain that is 500 miles lengthy, that over 1,300 folks had perished and the one approach that they might determine to cross this a part of the Sahara Desert was to place barrels out in order that if you obtained to at least one barrel, the one factor you possibly can see was the subsequent barrel on the horizon. 

“I shared the story with the fellows earlier than the event, and allow them to know that we’re not going to speak concerning the gold medal. All we’re speaking about goes one barrel at a time. … It is only a nice picture. It was an effective way to get by this powerful event; to simply go one barrel at a time, keep within the course of, and never get forward of ourselves.

“We had a barrel within the locker room and on the barrel was the subsequent group we had been taking part in, and that is all we needed the fellows to give attention to: that is the subsequent barrel, that is how we cross the desert.

“We took a selfie within the locker room across the barrel after each win and the boys liked it and like they could not await the selfies. Each considered one of our wins, we now have our group across the barrel within the locker room. They obtained [caught up in the emotion] of the celebration and so they needed to get the barrel on the ice.

“No disrespect to anybody, particularly Canada who performed an ideal recreation right now and clearly had an ideal group. It is not disrespectful to them. I am certain each group had one thing within the event that they rallied round and ours was the barrel.”

Leaman additionally took to Twitter to make clear the barrel.