Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for gesture

Friday April 18th, 2014

Blackhawks head coach  Joel Quenneville could face discipline for gesturing towards officials. (Billy Hurst/(Cal Sport Media via AP Images) Joel Quenneville could face discipline for gesturing towards officials. (Billy Hurst/Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

The NHL fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, the league announced Friday.

At 6:51 of the second overtime, officials met to decide whether St. Louis should be called for a delay of game after the puck was sent out of the play.

Blues forward Ryan Reaves was already in the penalty box for delay of game and another penalty would have given Chicago a 5-on-3 power play.

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Cameras then caught Quenneville grabbing his crotch and yelling at the officials after no penalty was called.

"I was definitely excited, disappointed [in] the call, but I'll apologize for my behavior," Quenneville said on Friday. "It wasn't appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part."

The Blackhawks went on to lose the game 4-3 in the third overtime on a goal by Alexander Steen.

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