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Quenneville apologizes for ‘bush league move’ in OT vs. Blues

Apr 18, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville expressed remorse on Friday after making a gesture towards referees Marc Joannette and Kevin Pollock during the second overtime of last night’s 4-3 loss to St. Louis.

Per CSN’s Tracey Myers:

Quenneville was irate that officials opted not to whistle Kevin Shattenkirk for a delay of game penalty after he appeared to flip the puck over the glass while killing a penalty. The call would’ve given Chicago a 5-on-3 man advantage, but the referees claimed ‘Hawks forward Andrew Shaw also made contact with the puck.

That decision led to this…

In his apology, Quenneville added his gesture “wasn’t very appropriate at all,” but hadn’t heard from the league about possible punishment. Earlier today, it was learned the NHL was looking into the incident.

Quenneville does have a history with getting after officials. In 2012, he was fined $10,000 for calling referees a “disgrace” after they failed to make a penalty call on the infamous Raffi Torres-Marian Hossa hit and, 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.

Update: An NHL spokesman has confirmed to PHT that director of hockey ops Colin Campbell is looking at the incident.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    A crotch grab referred to as “Bush” league eh? There’s a joke in here somewhere.

    • lindenfrank123 - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      more whining from the Black Hawk coach…no wonder why his team whines…they should be called the Chicago Whiners….and I hope they PAY for running the goalie…officiating has been putrid at best throughout the playoffs and I put that on Bettman…what a mess…slashes and hits to the back of the head not being called…where are these refs…and better question WHY DO THEY HAVE JOBS?

  2. no - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    i assume the refs will be issuing an apology for their complete lack of awareness as well

  3. charlieconway96 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    While grabbing your junk on national TV is not the classiest move, 10 grand for voicing your opinion on the officiating is absurd. The refs are not right all the time and they don’t always catch everything (take that goal that bounced off the netting then Jonathan Quick’s back a few months back for example), if they did then we wouldn’t have instant replay for reviews.

    Fining a coach or player or whoever it may be for being critical does nothing to protect the authority of the league, it just makes it look insecure.

  4. 950003cups - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    LOLOL!!! That’s hysterical.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I thought this was hilarious. Not a smart move, but funny!

  6. purpleguy - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    If that grab was truly “bush” league, the implications are endless.

  7. Wineshard - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I wonder what Joe Thornton would have done if he was the coach?

  8. mackattack29 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Man it was satisfying watching chicago lose. Lol coach Q-ueer really didn’t deserve the win with that kind of behavior.

    • lindenfrank123 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      IT IS VERY SATISFYING hope they lose in 4

  9. cincinata - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Obviously most of you don’t watch too much NHL, or you are Chi haters or homers. Either way, this stuff happens and he was right to apologize. That is over. Anyway, I just watched today’s game with another 4/3 loss in OT. This is a very tough league, however it was NEVER OK to attack the other guy with your shoulder or elbow to the head, especially when he is not near the puck. It was 5 feet behind the Blues player (forgot the name). There must be a suspension for the rest of the playoffs for him, as we do not need another dirty player in the league. The Flyers had bad boy Schultz years ago when I was in Boston, and he had to be the dirtiest player in the league. There have always been hatchet men in the game, but this one was over the top, just like Schultz.

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