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Quinn fined for postgame comments

Friday, 10.09.2009 / 3:46 PM / News

NHL.com

Pat Quinn, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate public comments made following Thursday night's game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Friday.

"Mr. Quinn's comments were inappropriate and without justification," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
The money goes to the NHL Foundation.

Quinn's comments concerned an incident between the Oilers' Sheldon Souray and the Flames' Jarome Iginla that took place 18 seconds into the second period when Souray crashed into the boards after being tripped by Iginla, who spilled on top of the Oiler defenseman.

Souray was assisted off the ice and did not return.

Quinn was angry about the incident and commented in his post-game press conference.

"I don't understand the players of today," Quinn said. "If that had happened in the old days he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after. It was a pretty dirty play in my opinion. He poked his feet out and then piled on top of him. Somehow they never deal with that ... and they won't let the vigilante stuff happen to deal with it. It's disappointing."

Iginla said there was no intent to injury on his part.

"I wasn't going for the puck, I was just trying to hold him and ride him into the boards like they do 100 times," Iginla said. "I didn't mean to do that at all. I felt bad that he went in, but I went in pretty hard too and was a little dazed. It was freaky play and I definitely didn't mean to do that. He's an honest player and I didn't mean to hit him from behind."



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