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Video: Bruce Boudreau calls Patrick Roy’s actions ‘bush league’

Oct 3, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

Hey everyone, Patrick Roy is back in the National Hockey League.

The new head coach of the Colorado Avalanche declared his presence Wednesday night, thanks to a confrontation at the benches with Anaheim Ducks bench boss Bruce Boudreau at the end of the game.

The video below shows Roy, former Avalanche goalie and one of the greatest puck stoppers of all time, yelling and pointing at a player on the ice, before his attention turns to Boudreau.

Roy, who collected his first career win as an NHL head coach, bashed the glass with two hard shoves, as a melee at the bench ensued.

“A coach has no right to start yapping at players. I told him it’s bush league,” Boudreau said after the game, according to the Ducks official Twitter account.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Some may argue losing 6-1 to an Avalanche team with a rookie coach, and an even less experienced team is “bush league”.

    • mightymouse316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      First game of the season always seems to promising for Colorado sports teams.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        I’m not from Colorado, nor am I really an Avalanche or Ducks fan, I was literally pointing out the obvious reaction most detractors would have to his rant.

      • jernster21 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:42 AM

        Minus the Rockies and Nuggets we’ve actually won Championships so yeah, there are expectations. This is the first time in years that there’s been any excitement surrounding the Avs. The Rockies are good for a month or two before they’re done, the Nuggets seem to consistently make the playoffs, and the Broncos are 4-0. So….what’s your point exactly?

      • imleftcoast - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Did the Broncos look good losing to Seattle 40-10? It looked like they didn’t know what sport they were playing, and that’s our B-squad jernster. We’ve cranked it up since then. None of those teams are going to do anything if, and a big if for all but the Broncos, they make the post-season.

      • broncogang - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        @imleftcoast I hope you’re not talking about preseason you fn degenerate. All credibility lost

    • hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      I heard on the radio that what Roy was upset about was Lovejoy going knee on knee with Mackinnon for no reason, late in a losing game…didn’t see it, but is that true?

      If so I think Boudreau needs to zip it and get with Lovejoy and go over the proper checking technique, instead of spending time calling the other team’s coach names…because to be honest, the Avs looked pretty well coached from the highlights I saw.

      • supercoop8 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Lovejoy took a run at Mackinnon with 30 seconds left, Mackinnon tried to avoid the hit. Its hard to tell if Lovejoys reaction was to stick his leg out farther or if Mackinnon in avoidance of the hit initiated the knee contact.
        Play and resulting behavior are pretty much a sequel to the Pens-Stepan incident; both sides will tell it differently.

      • hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Not too wrapped in the story that either side tells, I can judge that for myself. I’ve seen Lovejoy play long enough to know what he is capable of doing and not doing….he isn’t a dirty player, he just isn’t a very good or smart (or coordinated) player.

  2. bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Was he yelling to Boudreau after he yelled at the Ducks’ players? That sort of looks like he was yelling TO Boudreau ABOUT his players.

    • mightymouse316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      Roy is indeed bush league when it comes to coaching. Just another bum.

      • avfanforlife - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Patrick Roy a bum? Could possibly be the stupidest comment I have seen posted.

      • bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        That neither answered the question nor made a point. He’s just a bum? Good one, man

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    This is why I love hockey

  4. blomfeld - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM


    I for one never liked Patrick Roy and my bloodlines have been antagonists with the French for centuries. Nonetheless, that doesn’t prevent ‘me’ as an ardent & values-driven LA Kings fan from saying that someone like Roy is ‘good for business’ … therefore “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” as Napoleon Bonaparte once said ! :)


    • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Do you have any life at all? How much time do you spend every day looking for stupid video to post on this site? Tell your Mom you need to be let out more.

  5. blackhawks2010 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Roy couldn’t hear because he had his 2 Cup rings blocking his ears. Couldn’t resist….

    • tru2joelu4eva - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:09 AM


      • mightymouse316 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        Statue of Liberty play blocking his view of the playoffs for him this year.

  6. northstarnic - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Wow. Bush league is right. Roy is an idiot.. But he’s got that avs team looking pretty good.

  7. canucks30 - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    I have a lot of time for Patrick Roy.

    The NHL needs more personality and characters and Roy certainly is one.

    Welcome back to the NHL.

    • barkar942 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      So everyone is going to LOVE fiery coach Roy, but hate fiery coach Torts.
      Double standard.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Torts don’t have the cachet that St Patty has. Couldn’t carry his jock strap.

      • barkar942 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Torts doesn’t seem to have the mental issues of St. Patty either! Torts looks like a choir boy compared to Rabid Roy!

  8. therowdyrob - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Watch the video of him coaching his kids game, where he instructs him to fight. Class Act.

  9. spoiledbratswhosuck - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Only a matter of time before we find out ALCOHOL, DRUGS or ANGER ISSUES are involved.

    NHL / Avalanche Mgmt should keep a watchful eye on him.

  10. joey4id - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Roy’s conduct ranges from domestic violence to destroying the team’s video equipment. He’s an arrogant smart a$$, cocky guy. But! He’s a proven winner. He knows what it takes to build the character of his team and last night’s theatrics were purposely executed. He demonstrated unity with the boys standing side by side with them after the knee on knee hit on Big Mck. This is a huge 2 pts in the win column, but a much bigger win in the team’s character building category.

    • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM


  11. millerje1962 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Wow, opening night,6 goals, young team, new coach with passion. Equivalent to Manning throwing multiple TD passes per game. Looks like winners to me, good luck Denver

  12. 950003cups - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I can’t wait until Avs play the Canucks. Imagine Tortorella’s reaction? Lol!!

    Roy is a bit of a dick. No reason to go and shove a glass wall at an old man like Bruce Boudreau twice. I’d love to see him try that vs Carolina. Kirk Muller would knock him out.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      A bit? He’s a total dick. His ego will end up tanking the team. He’d get one year with a good organization, probably 5 with the Avs. Unless the Canucks are playing awful, Torts isn’t going to embarrass himself with Roy’s antics.

      • jernster21 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        He doesn’t need to embarrass himself with Roy’s antics; he’s pretty good at doing it on his own.

      • avfanforlife - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        I’ll take Roy’s attitude during the game every time over Tort’s attitude post game.

  13. dropthepuckeh - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Great goalie back in the day but I refer to my post back in May (surprised it happened so soon):

    dropthepuckeh – May 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM
    I think it will be okay for a little bit while Patrick takes his meds but after a losing streak and some negative press I look forward to seeing him pull a nutty and get suspended. Good drama but I wouldn’t want him coaching my boys.

  14. massconn72 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I am more surprised that it took more than one game for somebody to call Roy out for being the animal that he is.

  15. joeyg97 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Patrick Roy will be a great coach. All these other comments are ridiculous about bashing Roy

    • shoobiedoobin - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      You’re what’s wrong with sports fans.

  16. comeonnowguys - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Going knee-to-knee on a #1 draft pick in the closing seconds of a blowout loss is bush league.

  17. sabatimus - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Roy is totally suspended for nearly hitting Boudreau with that glass divider.

  18. edpeters101 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    ““A coach has no right to start yapping at players. I told him it’s bush league,” Boudreau said after the game, according to the Ducks official Twitter account.”..
    Now; That is Bush League! To the victor goes the spoils, to the loser “STFU”..

  19. raiderssuckballz - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Stop crying baby Bruce, you are a loser!!

  20. shoobiedoobin - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Roy is bush league, Boudreau is dead on. But he’s always been an idiot. Let’s not forget his incident with his entitled idiotic children. Or his wife. Or his constant crap on the ice.

    But we defend winners and people we like. We make excuses for them, like a battered spouse. We call temper tantrums “passion” and “competitiveness”. BS. Roy is a moron. I’ll get ripped apart by The Hockeydrones for challenging him but it’s just true. It took this guy all of one game to show how he’s never stopped being a dick.

  21. zeechball - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    If you watched this live you would notice corey perry started yhe yapping like always. Dude is the biggest cry baby in the leauge. Fat bruce needs to take his fupa and shut his pig mouth. Not a roy fan but tjat reaction was awesome

  22. michiganhockey11 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    As a guy who psuedo hated on him as a Wings fan when he played and that weird head-bobbing/chicken-thing he’d do, the game is probably better with him than not. but he’s got to remember that the NHL is not the QMJHL…..

    That back and forth with Boudreau kinda reminds you of Crawford and Bowman, doesn’t it?

    • shoobiedoobin - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Nah dude things were fine without Roy. Between his retirement and last night I couldn’t have given two turds about him. If I want this type of entertainment I’ll join the drones in watching reality tv and sitcoms.

  23. bringbackthevipers - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Vernon needs to beat this guy’s ass again.

    • michiganhockey11 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Epic battle on March 26, 1997. Vernon caught him good with that hand.

  24. earpaniac - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    To me “bush league” is when your team is getting their ass kicked, you start cheap shotting guys.

    • michiganhockey11 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      ~cough, Joe Thorton, cough~

  25. bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    If this were The Bush League, Boudreau might have had a Cup by now

    • michiganhockey11 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      If this was The Federal League, Reggie Dunlop, the Hanson boys and Ogie Oglethorpe would have taken care of both Boudreau and Roy before they went back to the dressing rooms…

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