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NHL fines Chicago coach Quenneville $10,000 for blasting officials

Apr 19, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

The National Hockey League has come down hard on Chicago bench boss Joel Quenneville, fining him $10,000 for a series of critical comments made towards officials during Game 3 of the Blackhawks-Coyotes series.

Quenneville was outraged that Phoenix forward Raffi Torres wasn’t penalized for his vicious hit on Marian Hossa. Coach Q first let the officials have it during an in-game interview:

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He then blasted referees Stephen Walkom and Ian Walsh in his post-game presser.

“I saw exactly what happened,” Quenneville said. “How four guys missed it tonight, it was hard.

“The refereeing tonight was a disgrace.”

This isn’t the first time the Blackhawks coach has aggressively gone after officials. In December, he called the work of Ghislain Hebert and Tom Kowal “tough to watch” following a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles.

In 2009, unleashed this fury following a playoff game against Detroit, in which Matt Walker was given a controversial roughing penalty.

“I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there. Nothing play. They scored, it’s 3-0. They ruined a good hockey game and absolutely destroyed what was going on the ice…never seen anything like it.”

Those comments earned Quenneville a $10,000 fine as well.

  1. shutyourfivehole - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    The truth shall not set you free. It shall set you back ten grand..Bravo, Coach Q, owner of the best “death stare” in hockey..

    • barkar942 - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Sounds like Coach Q has joined the Torts club of Speak The Truth And Get Fined! Sounds like Ted Leonis may be joining soon!

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Outstanding nickname, btw.

  2. pone27 - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Coach Q calling it like he sees it. Unlike the officials. Uh oh, ill take my 10 grand fine now ;)

  3. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Its too bad Quiny feels this way about a hockey hit. The whole Hawk team was Squaking about Daniel Sedin was just faking it until the Low Class Keith got his suspension and he would be back. KARMA. But I do hope Hossa is not hurt and gets back soon. Go Yotes Go. LOL 10K might break the Chicago Black Hawks bank account.

    • Jackson Scofield - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Right… because the team with the highest attendance in the NHL is so broke…

  4. garagehero1 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Hahaha…the blackhawks, one of the dirtiest teams in the NHL, is now crying about dirty deeds. What a joke!!!!

    • Jackson Scofield - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Right… because one of the least penalized teams in the league that lacks a real enforcer is one of the dirties in the league.

      • mb65dod - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

        So true!

    • monarch897 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      I don’t think you watch too much hockey.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    10K well spent…Wakom leads a parade of officials with selective eyesight, year in and year out: his eyesight improves dramatically for fouls against teams from Ontario, first and Canada generally when playing American sides! They actually had this clown as the head of officials yet…? It beggars belief: still, year in and year out the NHL cannot bring this embarrassment into order. I would love to see an independent review of the NHL’s system of officiating beginning with Bettman’s refusal to permit criticism followed by examination of official’s personal finances and gaming habits. Watch these games, and you know something smells…

  6. habsman - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Mark Cuban is envious.

  7. wheelinbeauties21 - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Seems to me like the NHL is more worried about being called on the mistakes they make rather than correcting them and actually keeping players safe..

  8. rsl22 - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Anyone else notice the absurdity of the NHL fining Quenneville, a coach, for exercising free speech $10k, but Weber got $2,500 for bashing Zetterberg’s head into the boards and breaking his helmet in two pieces?

    Absolutely ridiculous.

  9. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Nice of the NHL to let us know what their priorities are. Pointing out the offciating has been terrible will get you punished but the officials who fail to do their jobs are given yet another free pass. Great.

  10. barcthespark - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Coach Q should tell Bettman to stick that $10k where the sun don’t shine. Why does the NHL protect the refs, even when they absolutely suck?

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