League fines coaches for critical remarks

Updated: October 26, 2005, 6:41 PM ET
Associated Press

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn and Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach Randy Carlyle were fined an undisclosed amount Wednesday by the NHL for recent comments about the game and officiating.

Quinn criticized officials after a 9-1 victory over Atlanta on Oct. 14. The game included two third-period brawls that led to 109 penalty minutes.

"They obviously didn't know how to handle it," Quinn said of the officials.

Quinn called the game a "disgrace" and referred to the Thrashers' "cowardice." He said Atlanta coach Bob Hartley "has a reputation of sending his guys out head hunting."

Carlyle was upset after Anaheim lost 3-2 to Detroit on Friday night, pointing to the Red Wings' eight power plays to the Ducks' four.

"I don't understand how they called that many power plays against us," Carlyle said. "I don't understand how we're that bad. I guess the Detroit Red Wings get those calls in their building."

The league does not disclose the amount of fines. The money goes to the NHL Foundation.


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