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Flames GM supports Hartley, players, looks forward

by Aaron Vickers /

CALGARY -- With his focus on looking ahead Sunday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving threw his support behind coach Bob Hartley.

“We stand behind our coach and players 100 percent with the events of Friday night,” Treliving said. “That incident is behind us, our focus is on tonight and we will move forward.”

Hartley was fined $50,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place with 1:17 remaining in regulation of Game 2 of their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks.

The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League following the incident, which featured 132 minutes in penalties, including seven game misconducts, three 10-minute misconducts, six major penalties for fighting and one instigator penalty.

The instigator penalty, issued to Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland, was later rescinded.

“The events of Friday night are long behind us, our focus is on tonight’s game,” Treliving said. “We fully respect the decision of the League. They have a lot of experience in these situations, they have a supervisor that’s assigned to the series. In discussing the situation with the League, I fully respect the steps they’ve taken. With that being said, we support 100 percent the actions of our coach and players.”

Hartley, who was fined $25,000 for a similar incident in the 2013-14 season, declined comment on the fine in his availability that followed the morning skate.

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