Former Oiler Paul Coffey disciplined for 'discriminatory slur'

Former Oilers defenceman Paul Coffey was disciplined for using a

Former Oilers defenceman Paul Coffey was disciplined for using a "discriminatory slur" while coaching his son's team. (QMI Agency/Files)

CHRIS DOUCETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

TORONTO - During Paul Coffey’s days as an NHLer, the legendary defenceman was known for flying down the ice and firing pucks in the net.

But as coach of his son’s Greater Toronto Hockey League team, the Hall of Famer got into hot water recently for flying off the handle and firing a “discriminatory slur.”

“People do and say crazy things at this time of year, it’s the playoffs,” GTHL President John Gardner said Wednesday, downplaying the incident.

“I think it has been blown out of proportion,” he added.

Gardner was unfamiliar with the details of the incident, so exactly what the Toronto Marlboros midget ‘AAA’ bench boss was accused of saying remains a mystery.

However, Coffey’s choice of words prompted the league to slap him with a three-game suspension under a new Hockey Canada rule protecting coaches, players and officials from discriminatory slurs.


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