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Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for 'inappropriate conduct' in Game 1

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

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Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fined $25,000 by the NHL for what the league termed “inappropriate conduct” during the team's Game 1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The conduct in question came during the second overtime period between the Blackhawks and Blues.

Quenneville adamantly disagreed with the referees' decision not to call a penalty on an apparent delay of game on the Blues. It would have given Chicago a five-on-three power play. The often animated coach emphatically yelled across the ice at the men in stripes upon the revelation of their decision and grabbed at his crotch to show how much he disapproved. There were probably a few choice words in there somewhere as well.

The veteran head coach apologized for his actions after the Blackhawks' practice Friday in St. Louis, calling his crotch grab “a bush-league move on my part.”

Quenneville has been fined during the playoffs in the past, most recently in 2012 when he was fined $10,000 for calling the referees a “disgrace” after missing a call on Raffi Torres' hit that ended Marian Hossa's postseason. He also got a $10,000 fine in 2009 for a similar disagreement with the officials. (Via Pro Hockey Talk)

Playoff hockey is full of fire and passion, but the league will almost always go to bat for their officials. In this case, Quenneville had the added misfortune (if you want to call it that) that all of the television cameras caught the act and broadcast it out to a live national television audience.

It's pretty rare for a coach to go that far in his outrage with the officials, so it's no surprise the league went heavy on the fine.

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