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NHL looking into Quenneville’s ‘grabby’ gesture from Game 1

Apr 18, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

Joel Quenneville could be in hot water.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the NHL is looking into gestures made by the Chicago head coach during the second overtime period of Thursday’s 4-3 OT loss to St. Louis — gestures that suggested the refereeing crew of Marc Joannette and Kevin Pollock lacked, uh, a certain something in failing to make a delay of game call on the Blues with the ‘Hawks on the power-play:

It’ll be very interesting to see what the league does here, especially in light of Quenneville’s history of 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 TorresMarian 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. thomasvanek - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Very classy. Never saw somebody so upset over a non-call of delay of game.

    • budzo83 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Can’t blame a guy for fishing for a PP in the 2nd OT of a playoff game

      • garn53 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Either way it was a missed penalty and it also appears the refs gave the Blues home ice advantage by purposely ignoring the infraction. Poor poor officiating. A penalty is a penalty.

    • Idaslapter - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Agree, but I then I would probably never use classy and Chicago in the same sentence.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        Then you’re obviously an idiot

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        “I’d a slapped her”

        Your name choice really exudes class…..

      • Idaslapter - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Rest assured, I would use bush league and Chicago in the same sentence. Especially when referring to their fans.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Did one of them cut you off in traffic? Hurt your feelings? We’re dying to not care.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      The Hawks were on the power play and this would have given them a two man advantage in OT. So yes I can see why he was upset and he was also right that there should have been a delay of game penalty called and the lack of gonads to make the call. That being said, he also deserves the 10 grand fine coming his way soon but well worth it and proves that he his are big enough.

      • thomasvanek - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I think it only proves that his brain is small enough to do something like that. The refs couldn’t have seen what happened because I believe it was Shaws stick that was an inch or 2 next to the puck. If they were to call it they probably would have given the Hawks the win and you have to be 100% sure if you are going to do that.

  2. jhuck92 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Coach Q: Hold ma dick.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      if you look watch carefully you can clearly see him say ” SUCK MY BALLS!”

      gotta love Q, I was sad to see him leave St Louis. Great coach, awesome competitor.

      • titansrbeast - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        I thought he was telling the ref that he had no balls. Either way it’s funny x D

  3. terrier92 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    No hawks fan here but he was right. In fairness to refs that’s a tough position to be in who wants a great game to be ended on that kind of call. However it is the rule I’d be interested to hear their rationale . Could be none of them saw it. It is a quick game. When in doubt can’t make the call

  4. claudegirwho - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I think he needs to be suspended a game for this. Coaches should be held to a higher standard and that was just below the belt.

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Looked more like a rendition of Saturday Night Fever …

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      It looked to me like he was just doing his Andrew Dice Clay impression….OH!

  6. joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Hahahaha! Probably getting an ear full from his wife…. Slap on the wrist and a fine for being a bad boy.

  7. afrancis55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Quenneville really shouldn’t be making gestures like that, especially since he looks like Jerry Sandusky.

  8. sheckyrimshot - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    what if joel quenneville didnt grab his junk?

    history will be made…

  9. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Meh. Mike Tyson did it better.

  10. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

  11. laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I’m sure he still remembers how horrible the officiating was in last year’s playoffs and he’s doing what he can to get their attention, so we don’t have to suffer through it again.

  12. 2qswing - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Not a fan of Torts but if he did that he’d already be gone at least one game.

  13. cweez2 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Because it’s the Cup.

  14. beyor35 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Not the end of the world but it’s funny how mad he got when he couldn’t even see if it was touched by the other team before it went out…

    • spoon9z - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      he gets an update by their crew and the team, not to mention he does have a pretty darn good vantage point himself. sorry, he’s paid to be the coach and interject when needed and this whole crotch grab is no big deal. looked like he adjusted himself after getting all bent out of shape. could be wrong here, but who cares even if it was intentional? the refs missed that then too as it’s an easy unsportsmanlike 2 min pen if he did.

  15. 11stanleycups - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Borderline slashing, tripping, roughing is not going to and shouldn’t get called in that situation. But to neglect calling a delay of game in that spot is disgraceful.

  16. crusty14 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    The saturday night fever comment was classic! I’m thinking maybe he just had to scratch his nuts

  17. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    He had to make an in game adjustment that’s all lol

  18. killerpgh - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    James Wisniewski got suspended 2 games for making an obscene gesture toward Sean Avery. To me that means the NHL has to give Quenneville something for doing that towards a ref. It will probably only be a fine and that wouldn’t fit the “crime” considering what Wiz got.

    Personally Wiz and Coach Q would get nothing but laughs if I was in charge, but I’m not and its a PC world we live in nowadays.

    • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I miss the 90’s where you could get away with this:

    • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Imagine the reaction if a camera/mic caught this nowadays:

      • spoon9z - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        ok, that’s hilarious!!!

        history will be made!

  19. savior72 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Coach Q, they’ve got a cream for that now.

  20. lj312chicago - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    That’s funny I thought I was one of the only people that saw that…he definitely grabbed his junk when the hawks didn’t get the delay of game

  21. lj312chicago - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    …lines man called the deflection right away also it was a good call

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Actually, it was pretty clear on the replay that it was the wrong call. Of course it’s easier to make that call when you have the benefit of slo-mo replay, but it was the defenders stick clearly sending it straight into the netting.

      While it is tough to call three straight DoG penalties in overtime, if they’re going to keep doing it…

  22. lj312chicago - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    And you idiots calling for a suspension need to find another sport…this hockey man up we don’t et out feelings hurt by an old man grabbing his balls lmao this isn’t the nba or mlb or nfl

  23. letsgopens8771 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Hey, refs!!!


  24. 19inarow - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    A man can’t grab his own junk, but a woman can kick them, and that’s almost always ok. It’s actually considered funny.

  25. dontbsuchapuss - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    All you idiots watch the replay was clearly a delay of game and also a waved off icing call. Doesn’t mean the outcome would have been different but no reason he shouldn’t have been mad.

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