Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour has been fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials after Tuesday’s Game 1 against the Boston Bruins.
When asked today if he had any additional comments on the fine, Brind’Amour declined comment.
“Fortunately, nope,” said the Canes’ coach. “Moving on,”
Brind’Amour unloaded on the officials and the league’s video review team after a failed Coach’s Challenge failed to wipe out Boston’s second period goal by Charlie Coyle.
“[The referees] came to me, and I said, ‘If he has possession of it then it’s goalie interference. If he doesn’t have possession then it’s a hand pass. It’s one of the two. I don’t know what you’re calling on the ice,’” Brind’Amour said. “All he has to do is tell me. ‘We’re calling it nonpossession (by Mrazek),’ then we’re challenging a glove-hand pass. If it’s possession, then goaltender interference. I said, ‘Tell me the call on the ice.’ They wouldn’t do it when I say, ‘What is the call?’ So I had to flip a coin. …
“I said, ‘What was the call on the ice?’ and he said, ‘You’ve got to call one or the other.’ It should be so easy. If they said the goalie had it, then it’s an easy call. They wouldn’t tell you. It makes no sense. I know we weren’t the better team, but if that goal doesn’t go in, do we win that game? I don’t know.”
“There’s no way that’s a goal in any league,” Brind’Amour added. “We have a million people doing this and they can’t get it right. That’s the problem with this league.”
As we’d previously reported, the call on the ice was a good goal. There’s nothing else for the referees, at that point, to advise him of, because they deemed it a good goal on the ice.
It looks like the bench boss’s fine won’t be coming out of his own pocket after all. The Hurricanes are cutting a check to the league to cover the damage.
In Rod We Trust. pic.twitter.com/5qm4NPCEP9
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 13, 2020
Note the extra $17 tacked on for good measure. Brind’Amour wore #17 during his playing days in Carolina.
Brind’Amour has also received a conditional fine of $25,000, which only comes into play if he has any future outbursts in the next year. Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella received a similar conditional fine earlier this year.
From the NHL:
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour has been fined $25,000 for comments following Game 1 of the team’s First Round series against the Boston Bruins, the National Hockey League announced today.
Additionally, Brind’Amour has been assessed a conditional fine of $25,000, which will be collected, in addition to any subsequent discipline, in the event of similar inappropriate behavior through Aug. 12, 2021.
The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
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