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