Hitchcock, Roy have beef: 'Tell Patrick to shut the (expletive) up'
St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock and Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy don't appear to like each other all that much. Following Wednesday night's game between their two clubs, a game which Hitchcock's Blues managed to win 4-1, Patrick Roy took a shot at Ken Hitchcock for failing to practice what he preaches (at least, in Roy's eyes):
"You know what, I was very mad at the end because I have been jabbed by different coaches around the league, especially Hitchcock when he said that was junior stuff, talking to players, talking to the referees. But I saw a guy on the other side who was talking to players and then was also talking to the referee and got the referee (mad).
"Seems to me that there's different rules for everybody in this league. I guess the old guys are allowed to do whatever they want and I guess us, because we are younger, we are not allowed to say anything. I am a little (mad) about that."
Roy was referring to Hitchcock's criticism of his behavior in his head coaching debut, when Roy destroyed a barrier between his bench and the Anaheim Ducks' bench during an argument with veteran Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. "That's junior hockey," Hitchcock said at the time, "that's got no place in our game."
When Roy's comments today were relayed to Hitchcock he had a rather colorful response. "Oh, give me a break," Hitchcock told the Denver Post. "Tell Patrick to shut the (expletive) up."
Seems like there's a pretty serious grudge brewing between two Central Division coaches. How good is that?