Well, folks, feel free to go nuts on this one.
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was fined $25,000 by the NHL on Friday for an obscene gesture made in double overtime of Game 1 of Chicago’s series with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, with the money going to the NHL Foundation.
Quenneville was arguing that a penalty should have been called on St. Louis defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk for delay of game for throwing the puck over the glass and out of play.
He wasn’t happy, and the reaction he pulled in the video below sums up his discontent. Quenneville’s reaction starts 45 seconds in (the gesture itself occurs at 56 seconds), but watch the play and draw your own conclusions.
Earlier on Friday, Quenneville apologized for his actions, calling it a “bush-league move” on his part.
However, he’s never been one to sugarcoat what he thinks of anything (read his lips in the video above while doing the grab if you don’t believe me), and it’s not the first time Quenneville has been reprimanded for having the… um, cojones… to berate officials.
In 2009, Quenneville was fined $10,000 for criticizing referees after a call went against Blackhawks defenceman Matt Walker in a scrum, leading to Quenneville calling it “the worst call in the history of sports.”
More recently, during the 2012 playoffs, Quenneville was fined another $10,000 for comments made during an in-game interview where he sounded off on referees missing then-Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres‘s hit to the head of Marian Hossa, leading to a 25-game suspension, later reduced to 21 games.
Joel Quenneville is one of the best head coaches in the NHL today, with two Stanley Cup rings in four years to back him up. It’s hard to blame him for being upset about the call, but there are surely more diplomatic ways to go about showing your displeasure.
Judging by his earlier apology, it seems like it’s a lesson learned.