02/18/2014 02:10 EST | Updated 02/18/2014 02:59 EST

Mike Modano: Women's Gold Medal Game Will Be 'Cat Fight'

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TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 19: Mike Modano #9 of the United States skates off the ice after the USA was defeated 2-1 by Sweden in their men's ice hockey Preliminary Round Group B match during Day 9 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 19, 2006 at the Torino Esposizioni in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

You can find lots of words to describe Thursday's gold medal game between Canada and the United States in Olympic women's hockey: a clash of the titans, perhaps, or a battle among equals.

Just about anything would have been better than what former NHL star Mike Modano tweeted as Canada advanced to the final on Monday:

Modano, who won a silver medal with Team USA after losing 5-2 to Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, was pilloried on Twitter for his comment.

For his part, Modano recognized that the tweet offended some people, though he didn't seem particularly sorry:

Seriously though, Mike, you call THIS a cat fight? This is brutality at its height:

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