Patrick Roy started off his coaching debut with a win, as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-1, but also he also received a fine for his actions during the game.
As the clock was counting down in the third period, there was a bit of an altercation, or what was seen as an altercation by Roy. There was a collision between two players on the ice, Ducks defenseman Brandon Lovejoy and Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon. The collision was knee-to-knee, which in hockey could spell disaster for a player. Nathan MacKinnon was the first overall draft pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, so obviously there was reason for concern.
Patrick Roy turned that concern into anger, as he started to argue with coach Bruce Boudreau of Anaheim. The argument got so out of hand, that Roy actually started pushing over the glass barrier that stands between the two teams.
After the shouting match was over, Roy was assessed a game misconduct. Brandon Lovejoy didn’t receive any penalties, and the rookie MacKinnon wasn’t hurt during the incident.
Patrick Roy sure does have a lot of enthusiasm for the Avalanche, and it showed on Wednesday night. They’re only one game into the season, but hopefully Roy’s intensity continues; it might be able to boost the team’s morale as well, as they are already off to a good star with a win. Roy may have his first win as a coach, but now he’s got a $10,000 loss as well.