Vancouver forward Alexandre Burrows was fined $2,500 by the National Hockey League on Wednesday for comments he made following a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday.
The official reason for the fine was “conduct deemed detrimental to the National Hockey League.”
Burrows scored both of the Canucks’ goals in that contest, but he also was assessed three penalties — diving, interference and unsportsmanlike conduct — on separate incidents. The last of those (interference) was the first of two called against the Canucks in 18 seconds which resulted a 4-on-3 Nashville power play.
Defenseman Shea Weber scored the game-winning goal 24 seconds later, with 4:49 to play.
All three penalties were called by referee Stephane Auger, whom Burrows claimed targeted him.
“It was personal,” Burrows said following the contest. “It started in warm up before the anthem. The ref (Auger) came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the (Jerred) Smithson hit (during a game December 8, 2009). He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third.
“… I think he (Auger) should sit out the rest of the year making calls like that.”
In assessing the fine, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell issued the following statement:
“The National Hockey League will not tolerate the personal nature of the comments Mr. Burrows directed at Referee Auger or the fact that he brought into question the integrity of both the official and the game.
“We have determined that Mr. Burrows’ account of Referee Auger’s comments to him before the game, and specifically Burrows’ suggestion that these comments indicated bias against the player or the Vancouver team, cannot be substantiated. While Referee Auger engaged the player in a brief conversation prior to the opening face-off, I firmly believe that nothing inappropriate was said and that Referee Auger’s intentions were beyond reproach.”
Money paid for all NHL players’ fines goes to the NHL Foundation.
The Predators conclude a three-game trip through Western Canada on Friday at Calgary. They play at home Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.