AHL fines coach for stick-breaking tantrum 

Abbotsford Heat coach Jim Playfair says that while he is not proud of the stick-breaking tantrum that got him fined by the American Hockey League, he won’t apologize for it.

“It isn’t my proudest moment for sure,” he said Monday. “It’s not to the point where it’s embarrassing.”

The amount of the fine was undisclosed.

Playfair, a former NHL player and coach of the Calgary Flames, was upset after one of his players was given a 5-minute penalty and game misconduct Saturday by referee Jamie Koharski for running into Hamilton’s goalie.

The coach tore off his suit jacket, stood on the bench and smashed two sticks over the boards, throwing the pieces on the ice.

Playfair said his own children have shown him the video “20 or 30 times.”

“I can’t take it back. I can have you check my history and it’s just not something I do consistently. It’s not a motivational tool. It’s something that happened in the heat of the moment.”

Koharski is the son of retired NHL official Don Koharski, who was involved in one of the NHL’s most infamous tirades.

In 1988, Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld called Koharski a “fat pig” and told him to “Have another doughnut.”

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