Quenneville Fined $10K For Criticizing Refs

CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL fined Chicago coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 on Thursday for criticizing officials following the Blackhawks’ overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Quenneville criticized the game officials for failing to call a penalty on Raffi Torres after the Phoenix forward left his feet and hit Marian Hossa in the neck and head area in Game 3.

Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher and is out indefinitely. The NHL suspended Torres indefinitely Wednesday for the hit.

“It was a brutal hit,” Quenneville said after the game.

“I saw exactly what happened. It was right in front of me. How four guys missed it was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace.”

Quenneville also was fined $10,000 during the 2009 playoffs for criticizing the officiating after a roughing penalty against the Blackhawks gave Detroit a power play in which they scored.

“I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there,” Quenneville said after that game. “Nothing play. …They ruined a good hockey game and absolutely destroyed what was going on the ice. … Never seen anything like it.”

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