Winnipeggers bite back at criticism from Sharks players

Jets head coach Paul Maurice is being careful with his words, but comes to the defence of Winnipeg, says no coach, player, trainer or referee should ever complain about a day in the NHL

WINNIPEG – Some prominent Winnipeggers are biting back at criticism three San Jose Sharks players have levelled against the city.

Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Bill Pallister and singer Bif Naked are among those championing Winnipeg’s charms after several NHL players dismissed the Manitoba capital as the worst city to play in.

Tomas Hertl, Justin Braun and Tim Heed all cited the cold, while Braun complained that the "Internet doesn’t work ever. I don’t know if they have Wi-Fi there yet."

Bowman countered that "it is a cold dark place — when you lose" while Pallister called the players’ comments "childish and immature."

Bif Naked said Winnipeggers are used to trash talk but also called the comments unfair, while Jets coach Paul Maurice said NHL players have a good life and should have nothing to complain about.

The comments emerged in a video posted by the Sharks on NBC Sports California Twitter account, where the three players were asked for their thoughts about the worst city to play in. All said it was Winnipeg.

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