NHL fines Joel Quenneville $10,000

Updated: April 20, 2012, 2:05 AM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been fined $10,000 by the NHL for public comments critical of the officiating after Tuesday's 3-2 Game 3 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

Quenneville said the "refereeing tonight was a disgrace" in reference to a missed call by officials on Coyotes forward Raffi Torres after he hit Hawks winger Marian Hossa in the head near center ice. Torres was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday and has a hearing with the league on Friday to determine how long he'll be out.

Hossa left on a stretcher but was released from an area hospital that night. He has been ruled out for Game 4 on Thursday.

"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said of Torres' actions. "You could have a multiple-choice question and it's all of the above."

When asked on Wednesday if he thought he would be fined for his comments, Quenneville said he didn't think so.

"I was just answering a question," he said.

The fine money will go to the NHL Foundation.

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."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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