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Quenneville Hit With $10K Fine

NEW YORK (April 19, 2012)—Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been fined $10,000 for public comments critical of the officiating in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night in Chicago, the National Hockey League announced today.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

The two video below are probably what caused the fine against Quenneville.

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George Malik's avatar

I’m going to say this as delicately and politically correctly as possible: You’ve got to be f***ing kidding me. Given that the refs completely blew the call and that Torres is already suspended, this is just…disgusting.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/19/12 at 06:29 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

Personally it’s revolting to see people fined on the order of magnitude as most of our yearly salaries just for speaking out in a free society. Yes, I understand they have rules for these things… but why are they so afraid of words?

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/19/12 at 06:33 PM ET

DocF's avatar

The Evil Garden Gnome does not permit anyone to question him or his flying monkey corps known as officials.

This is a travesty.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/19/12 at 06:33 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

You know what? I’m kind of ok when a coach gets hit with a fine for hinting there’s some sort of conspiracy favoring one team in the league, but this is crap.

Quenneville has every right to be upset about what happened to his player in light of overwhelming evidence that the refs completely blew this call.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/19/12 at 06:35 PM ET

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That’s disgusting.  Just because that little punk bettman was in the crowd when his little weasal torres jumped into Hossa.  Even bad publicity is still publicity, right, Gary?  They’re just mad because he pointed out that all of the zebra’s missed the call, one within 10 feet of the cheap shot.  Can’t have that.  This league is becoming an even bigger joke with each season.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/19/12 at 06:37 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I guess words hurt more than dirty hits?  And there’s no free speech in the NHL. Fuch the NHL and I hope coaches keep speaking out.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/19/12 at 07:22 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Wow, 10 grand. He could have hit Torres in the head 4 times for that much cheddar.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 04/19/12 at 07:32 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

there is a current consensus lately the the NHL is “a joke” of a sports league. I love the sport but this spring it is quite revealing of it’s flaws.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 04/19/12 at 08:10 PM ET

Alan's avatar

That’s absolutely asinine. I really have no other words to describe my feelings on that.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/19/12 at 09:17 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

The Evil Garden Gnome does not permit anyone to question him or his flying monkey corps known as officials.

This is a travesty.

The NFL is much harsher on its coaches who criticize officials. I have no problem with coaches being fined. Criticizing officials makes the league look terrible, regardless of how terrible things might already be running.

You know what? I’m kind of ok when a coach gets hit with a fine for hinting there’s some sort of conspiracy favoring one team in the league, but this is crap.

One of the top-ten dumbest comment on this board. Ever. There is no conspiracy with the Penguins. If there were, Neal and Asham wouldn’t have been suspended and Rinaldo would have been suspended. Whoever thinks there is an actual conspiracy favoring one team or a group of teams is a moron.

Posted by cs6687 on 04/19/12 at 10:15 PM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

One of the top-ten dumbest comment on this board. Ever. There is no conspiracy with the Penguins. If there were, Neal and Asham wouldn’t have been suspended and Rinaldo would have been suspended. Whoever thinks there is an actual conspiracy favoring one team or a group of teams is a moron.

Not sure you actually understood what he was saying.  Pretty sure he agrees with you - and that’s why he’s O.K. with coaches being fined for hinting at a conspiracy.

Also, I don’t think criticizing officials looks terrible.  It’s called accountability, and the NHL is so bad at it, that coaches feel the need to speak up. 

I’d like to see what the actual charge is - it was pretty disgraceful that the call was missed, especially considering the consequences.  So he got fined for rightly criticizing the refs, for a mistake that they’ve openly admitted to?  Sounds dumb to me.

Posted by mmuskrat on 04/19/12 at 10:42 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Money poorly spent. He could have smashed four players’ heads into the glass for that kind of scratch.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/19/12 at 10:58 PM ET

thethirdcoast's avatar

This is an utterly vile action on the NHL’s part.

Quenneville is absolutely right that the league’s officials blew this call and he is absolutely right to call them out on it.

One of the best players in the game is out for the playoffs, and possibly may be done for good because the NHL’s bush league officials and discipline have let these playoffs get totally out of control.

Words fail.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Algiers, DZ on 04/19/12 at 11:08 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

So coaches are accountable for what they say and do?  But when are we going to really start holding the players and officials accountable for their actions, or lack of action?

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 04/20/12 at 01:24 AM ET

cs6687's avatar

Posted by mmuskrat on 04/19/12 at 09:42 PM ET

Yep. I misread it. I’m the idiot. Whoops.

Posted by cs6687 on 04/20/12 at 02:54 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Posted by cs6687 on 04/20/12 at 01:54 AM ET

Apology accepted.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/20/12 at 09:02 AM ET

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