Big suspension for Junior coach’s outburst
Kirk Penton, QMI Agency
Dauphin Kings head coach and general manager Marlin Murray has been suspended for 12 games after his third-period outburst on Thursday night during an MJHL playoff game at St. James Civic Centre.
Commissioner Kim Davis gave Murray two games for the gross misconduct he received and another 10 for physical harassment of the officials that resulted in a match penalty.
"I don't agree with it," Murray said Saturday afternoon. "I thought it would be in the range of five to seven games. I don't agree with the way it was handled. I have not spoken to Kim Davis about the actual suspension part."
Murray tossed sticks, water bottles and medical equipment at referees Ryan Galley and Brett Montsion in the third period of his team's 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Saints.
The outburst was caught on video, and it went international on Friday, appearing on TSN's Sportscentre and even SI.com.
The Saints lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can move on to the Sher-Wood Division final when Game 5 is played on Saturday night in Dauphin. Murray won't be behind the bench for his team's do-or-die match.
"Obviously he's making a statement and making me the poster boy of my inappropriate behaviour. I take full responsibility for my actions. Did I go overboard? Absolutely. Do I regret doing it? No, I don't."
Murray didn't pull any punches when asked why he didn't regret his actions.
"The frustration level as far as the officiating has been concerned for the first four games of our series was at a boiling point with our players, and we had to make a stance," Murray said.
Winnipeg had 16 power-play chances in Thursday's game to Dauphin's eight.