ST. LOUIS — Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday he was sorry for how he reacted to a non-penalty call against the St. Louis Blues. On Friday afternoon, the NHL had its say on the matter.
Quenneville was fined $25,000 by the league for “inappropriate conduct” during the Blackhawks’ 4-3 triple-overtime loss on Thursday night. Quenneville made an angry gesture during the second overtime of that loss and apologized for it during media availability on Friday.
“It was a bush-league move on my part,” he said. “I was definitely excited. Disappointed by the call. I apologize for my behavior. It wasn’t very appropriate at all.”
Blues forward Ryan Reaves was already in the penalty box for delay of game when another Blues player flipped the puck up toward the netting. Officials conferred on whether or not it was a penalty. One was not assessed, denying the Blackhawks some 5-on-3 power play time, and Quenneville made the offensive gesture.
It was the second time Quenneville has been fined over the past three seasons. He was fined $10,000 in April 2012 for making public critical comments of officiating in Game 3 of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes. That was the game Marian Hossa suffered a concussion from a high hit by Raffi Torres, who was not penalized during the game.
“Joel’s a passionate coach and he’s intense on the bench,” said Patrick Sharp, who added he saw the highlight of the incident later on Thursday. “We could certainly feel that as players and I think sometimes he wants to get his skates on and go out there and play with us. He’s got fire behind the bench that really filters through the team and makes us play that much better.”