by Joe Tasca on 03/24/13 at 12:30 AM ET
It's always amusing to hear a hot-headed coach fly off the handle following a tough loss.
Tonight's example comes from the QMJHL, where Victoriaville Tigres head coach Yanick Jean went bonkers following Game 2 of the team's first-round playoff series against the heavily-favored Moncton Wildcats. Phillip Danault scored on a power play in overtime, lifting Moncton to a 3-2 victory. Mike Sanderson picks up the story from there:
Jean was adamant that Wildcat forward Ivan Barbashev dove to draw the interference call on Tigres defenceman Petr Sidlik that lead to the Wildcats man advantage in the extra frame. He directed his frustration and anger towards referees Todd Thomander and Steven Starzomski after Game 2.
“It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable that they [fall for] a [dive] like this in overtime,” Jean said. “I’ve never seen that before.
“I can't wait to return to Quebec [for games 3, 4 and 5] because at least in Quebec, diving is called and we know that for sure. Here, it’s not the same refereeing. We didn't have the same spark as yesterday, maybe not the same energy. Still, if you get two or three [penalties] less if the referees called the diving, it’s not the same game. The difference in the refereeing will have a huge impact."
While Jean's comments wouldn't be tolerated at the NHL level, it's routine for Francophone coaches in the Q to accuse Anglo referees of biased officiating and for Anglo coaches to make the same claims against French referees. It's completely bush-league, not to mention downright discriminatory, but it's a trump card used by Q coaches quite often, particularly in the playoffs.
There's a reason Yanick Jean will never coach professional hockey. Holding such a position requires one to be, above all, a professional.
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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.
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