St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock doesnât appear to especially like Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, and Roy, for his part, doesnât really seem to care for Hitchcock, either.
So when the two teams met Wednesday night in Denver, you had to figure sparks might fly.
And true to expectations, the coaches sparred after the Bluesâ 4-1 win, engaging in a back-and-forth verbal spat that ended with Hitchcock kindly requesting that Roy âshut the (expletive) up.â
The drama between Roy and Hitchcock dates back to Coloradoâs first game of the season, against Anaheim, when Roy got into a tiff with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and shoved the partition between the two teamsâ benches.
At the time, Hitchcock referred to Royâs actions as âjunior hockey,â and said such behavior has no place in the game. On Wednesday, Roy finally fired back during his postgame press conference.
âI 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,â Roy said. âBut 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 even pissed off.
âSeems 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 can not say anything, and Iâm a little pissed off about that, Iâll be honest with you.â
When asked whether he spoke to Hitchcock about his beef, Roy said that he âcanât say that here,â but Hitchcock was less shy when made aware of Royâs retort to Hitchcockâs initial jab.