Pat Maroon on the defensive after 'man's game' comment

Edmonton's Pat Maroon took to Twitter to explain a comment he made about hockey being a "man's game" after teammate Connor McDavid was pulled off the ice as per concussion protocol. It didn't go over very well.

Oilers forward offers a defence on Twitter and then promptly deletes it

Edmonton Oilers' winger Pat Maroon took to Twitter to clarify his post-game comments on Sunday, then got called out by the Twittersphere. (@EdmontonOilers/Twitter)

A day after the Oilers' overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild, Pat Maroon offered what many considered an ill-advised clarification of comments he made the night before when he said the NHL was a "man's game," and then promptly deleted the tweet.

The Edmonton forward was asked Sunday about the decision made by the NHL to remove Connor McDavid from the game after the Oilers captain smacked his chin on the ice in a collision with Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon. The call was part of the NHL's stricter concussion protocol allowing spotters to pull players from the game regardless of their willingness to continue.

"This is a man's game," Maroon said after the game. "People are going to get hit, get high-sticked. They're going to go through the middle and get hit. That's part of hockey, and that's why we have all this gear that protects us.

"Yes, if someone gets seriously hurt, we're concerned. But he just fell, got tripped … I just don't get it."

He repeated once more: "It's a man's game."

Maroon was quickly slammed for his clarification on Twitter Monday night...

... and promptly deleted the tweet.