Quenneville apologizes; fined $25,000 for gesture
ST. LOUIS — Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was sorry Friday for an obscene gesture he made during the second overtime of the Hawks’ 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of their opening playoff series Thursday night.
“I apologize for my behavior,” Quenneville said. “It wasn’t very appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part.”
The move resulted in the NHL fining Quenneville $25,000 for “inappropriate conduct” after he grabbed his crotch with his right hand while yelling at officials after they failed to call an apparent delay-of-game penalty that would have given the Hawks a five-on-three power play.
“I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call,” Quenneville said.
The Blues eventually won the game 4-3 in the third overtime.
Hawks winger Patrick Sharp said he was on the ice when Quenneville made the gesture and didn’t see it, but viewed a replay of it after the game.
“Joel is a passionate coach and he’s intense on the bench — we certainly feel that as players,” Sharp said. “Sometimes, he wants to get his skates on and get out there and play with us. He has a fire behind the bench that really filters through the team and makes us play that much better.”
Quenneville’s counterpart, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, chose not to discuss the matter.
“I’m not commenting on what Joel did,” Hitchcock said with a laugh. “I saw it, but I’m not commenting. It would be inappropriate.”