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Patrick Roy fined $10,000 for outburst vs. Anaheim

Oct 3, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT


Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told reporters Thursday he’d been fined $10,000 for his actions at the end of Wednesday’s Avs-Ducks game.

Update (4:41 p.m. ET)

The NHL has confirmed the fine.

“Roy’s actions at the conclusion of the game were irresponsible,”NHL VP of hockey ops Colin Campbell said in a statement. “One of the responsibilities of an NHL coach is to help diffuse volatile situations on the bench.”

Roy, in his first game as Colorado’s bench boss, took issue with a hit late in the third period on rookie Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon. Roy then proceeded to get in verbal altercations with both Anaheim forward Corey Perry and head coach Bruce Boudreau, the latter ripping Roy for his “bush league” antics.

“A coach has no right to start yapping at players,” Boudreau said. “I told him it’s bush league.”

Following the game, Roy remained adamant the hit on MacKinnon — by Ducks blueliner Ben Lovejoy — was uncalled for.

“That should have been a penalty, in my opinion,” Roy said. “I don’t think this league needs that type of cheap shot.”

Earlier Thursday, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman said the league would not issue any supplemental discipline to Lovejoy.

  1. jernster21 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Well worth it.

  2. 950003cups - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    It was either $5,000 or an apology. Patrick told Betteman here’s $10,000 I’ll pay for the next one in advance.

  3. bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I’d pull the money together to watch it again

  4. shamu1the1whale - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Patrick Roy is awesome. A supremely passionate coach with a pulse who’s not afraid to call it like it is. It’s refreshing to hear and see. Hold onto your seats, folks, it’s going to be a fun ride!

  5. raiderssuckballz - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Cry Baby Bruce should get fined!

  6. hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    It’s bush league to tell another coach he’s bush league.

    I’m sure Roy would have paid $20k if he knew his actions would get the city and team behind him this much.

  7. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    What exactly did he do to earn at $10k fine? He pushed the glass a bit and yelled at guys. I can see if this was routine for him (at the NHL level), but it was the first game of the season.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      The cameraman was almost hurt. WILL SOMEONE THINK OF THE CAMERA MEN!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        LOL Well the way the NHL is headed, they might be handing out helmets to anyone standing on or near the benches. Could you imagine Pierre out there giving his “expert opinion” with a brain bucket on?! BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        AND THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR VISORS! Imagine Pierre wearing a helmet with a visor and taking his opinion seriously. The only thing worse would be him wearing wrist guards.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Well, now that I’ve seen the FULL replay, rather than just when Roy and Boudreau were getting into it, it’s clear Roy had some choice and concise words for Mr. Perry. The fine makes a wee bit more sense.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        I thought the same….. but then I noticed Perry started it. Roy turns quickly toward him and clearly responds to something Perry said. Not that that means he shouldn’t be fined…. but it justifies a BIT more the fact that Roy was jawing at a player. Where was enforcer-Boudreau when Perry started ish with Roy?

  8. jcmeyer10 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I would just be worried if I am the cameraman on his side of the bench. Guy almost got taken out last night.

  9. amityvillefun - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Looks like Patrick Roy is off his meds or something already.

  10. 19to77 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    After the halfheartedness and laziness Giguere called the team out for last year, he must be absolutely loving the passion and intensity Roy brings. Say whatever else you will about him, but that man knows how to start the year with a bang.

  11. dan46778 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    That might have work for Roy in the Juniors but not in the nhl

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM


  12. joey4id - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Peanuts. Sakic may pay it anyway. But priceless. The message is clear to the players. You better be all in. No planning a trip to Las Vegas or anywhere else for that matter before the end of season party is over.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      What if they want to go see Bryz play?

  13. LampyB - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This is awesome, Roy gets started with a 6-1 blowout and then gets the country rallied up. Well worth $10K go Avs! Im pumped to see this season play out for colorado

  14. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Salary cap will be going up just from the revenue Patrick Roy’s will be pumping into the league this year.

  15. mcphillthy - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Way to go Roy!!! I have even more respect for you!!! I just became a fan of the avs! Awesome stuff!!

  16. mshantz22 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    So many Avs fans in one comment block. If Roy has a little tantrum and breaks a stanchion every time he hears an opposing player say something mean, they should just rename the Pepsi Center 1st Mariner Aerna.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Until robots are coaches you are going to see emotion the occasional emotional outburst. It’s an intense game which is what leads to fights. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        Should read “you are going to see the occasional…”

  17. deezenucks - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Settle down Roy. It’s game 1 of the regular season, your acting like its overtime of the finals. That was absolutely bush league.

  18. swaggerville1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Patrick Roy was a complete idiot in the minors as a coach. Get ready for a complete gong-show in Denver this year.

    so strange to see a classy GM (Sakic) have to deal with a nut job like Roy.

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