The National Hockey League has slapped Edmonton Oiler coach Pat Quinn with a $10,000 fine for comments he made about Calgary captain Jarome Iginla
following the Flames 4-3 shootout win Thursday over the Oilers.
Iginla collided with Oiler defenceman Sheldon Souray in the second period of the game. Souray's feet were swept out from under him and he crashed into the end boards, suffering a concussion and a cut, according to reports.
Iginla was later challenged to and accepted a fight with Oilers captain Ethan Moreau, likely a direct result of the hit.
However, Quinn was not happy at all with the hit and he let his thoughts be known.
"That’s not addressing it," said Quinn of Iginla fighting Moreau.
"In the era I come from, you’re supposed to do dirt with dirt. You don’t give him honour (by offering to fight him fair and square). Why would you give a man honour for that kind of a play? He honoured him with a fistfight.
"To poke his feet out and pile on top of him? Somehow they never deal with that crap — and they won’t let the vigilante stuff deal with it somehow. I don’t understand the players of today. If that had happened in the old days, he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after. That’s the way you used to deal with it. Now you can’t touch him. It was a pretty dirty play, in my opinion."
On Friday afternoon, Quinn was fined for the remarks.
"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.