Blackhawks' Quenneville fined $25,000 for crotch-grab

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville apologized for his rude gesture toward the referees...

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville apologized for his rude gesture toward the referees Thursday night in Game 1 of his team's Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the St. Louis Blues. (USA Today file photo)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:11 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville apologized for his crotch-grab in Thursday's 4-3 triple-overtime loss.

"It was a bush-league move on my part," Quenneville said Friday.

The NHL fined Quenneville $25,000 for the incident, which occurred while he was voicing his displeasure over what he felt was a missed call.

The Blackhawks were on a power play in the second overtime period and it appeared a St. Louis Blues player may have flipped the puck over the glass. Quenneville argued for a delay-of-game penalty, which would have given Chicago a five-on-three man-advantage.

The officials conferred with each other before deciding the puck did not go directly over the glass, and Quenneville reacted.

He gestured the puck went over the glass and then grabbed his groin.

"I apologize for my behaviour. It wasn't appropriate at all," Quenneville said.

As for Blackhawks players, the fire shown by their coach is something they've come to appreciate.

"Joel's a passionate coach and he's intense on the bench," forward Patrick Shark said. "We could certainly feel that as players and I think sometimes he wants to get his skates on and go out there and play with us. He's got fire behind the bench that really filters through the team and makes us play that much better."


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