Colorado Avalanche leader set to cough up after abusing counterpart.
Patrick Roy’s coaching debut was a costly one as the Colorado Avalanche boss was slapped with a $10,000 fine for losing his cool and shouting at Anaheim Ducks counterpart Bruce Boudreau.
Roy was angry that a penalty wasn’t called after what he said was a knee-on-knee hit by Anaheim’s Ben Lovejoy on Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon in the Avalanche’s one-sided 6-1 victory.
“Roy’s actions at the conclusion of the game were irresponsible. One of the responsibilities of an NHL coach is to help defuse volatile situations on the bench,” NHL vice president Colin Campbell said.
Roy and Boudreau shouted at each other through the glass partition, which Roy then pushed, nearly knocking it over onto the Ducks’ bench.
Boudreau took issue with Roy’s actions.
“A coach has no right to start yapping at players. I told him it’s bush league,” Boudreau said.
“There was no need for it. They got the game won. Just pull your players off and show a little class. He’s going to be in for a long year if he’s going to yell at every player and yell at the refs every stoppage in play.”