Less than 24 hours into his first season as an NHL coach, Hall of Famer Patrick Roy is already $10,000 lighter in the wallet after being fined by the league for an outburst at the end of the Colorado Avalanche's regular-season opener Wednesday night.
The league announced the fine Thursday afternoon.
Roy was enraged after a collision between Avs rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy in the waning seconds of Colorado's 6-1 win. Roy thought the hit was a dangerous knee-on-knee play and began yelling at some Anaheim players before engaging in a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.
At one point, Roy slammed the glass partition between the teams' benches and it started to give way, buckling toward Boudreau.
Roy was given a game misconduct. No penalty was called on Lovejoy. MacKinnon, the top overall pick in June's draft, was not injured and finished with two assists.
Boudreau called it a minor incident, whereas Roy characterized it as a "cheap shot."
After the game, Boudreau chided Roy for his actions, saying they were "bush league" and that he needed to grow up.
"He was like that in the Quebec league, too," Boudreau said, referring to Roy's eight-year tenure as a coach in the Quebec major junior league after he retired as a player following the 2002-03 season. "He's not 25 anymore."