Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was fined $10,000 on Thursday by the NHL for his actions late in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, reports Adrian Dater of The Denver Post.
Roy got into a heated battle with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in the final seconds of the Avs’ season-opening game and also shoved the glass partition separating the team’s benches twice.
Boudreau called Roy’s actions “classless” and said the former NHL goalie should not be yelling at his players on the ice.
“What Boudreau said was all lies,” Roy fired back with after Thursday’s practice. “I don’t talk to players, I respect all the players. I’m certainly not going to get too involved in this one, but when you talk about classless — when you’re lying, this is classless.”
This is the league policy and I understand it now, but at the same time I will always defend my players. Things happen. This is the way I dealt with this one. Would I deal with it differently next time? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know.”