Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has been fined $10, 000 for his outburst in his first NHL coaching assignment that led to a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday.
“Roy’s actions at the conclusion of the game were irresponsible,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations. “One of the responsibilities of an NHL coach is to help (defuse) volatile situations on the bench.”
A Hall of Fame netminder, Roy was enraged after a knee-on-knee collision between Avs rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, which he thought was a cheap shot.
He began yelling at some Anaheim players before engaging in a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and slamming the glass partition between the teams’ benches, which buckled toward the latter. Boudreau.
Roy was given a game misconduct.
No penalty was called on Lovejoy and MacKinnon was not injured.
Roy said he now understands the policy about proper conduct during games but insists he will always defend his players.
Boudreau chided Roy for his actions, saying they were “bush league” and that he needed to grow up.
“He was like that in the Quebec league, too,” Boudreau said, referring to Roy’s eight-year tenure as a coach in the Quebec major junior league after he retired as a player following the 2002-03 season. “He’s not 25 anymore.”