3dō: Living Grumpy, Talking Rude
3dō is an occasional feature in which the meaning of Conference III is explained through prose, verse, song, interpretative dance, film, chemical formulae or illustrative anecdote relayed by old people.
But Patrick Roy and Ken Hitchcock took it the next level.
“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.”
Did Roy say anything directly back to Hitchcock?
“I can’t say that here, I’m sorry,” said Roy.
Outside the visiting locker room, when Hitchcock was told of the gist of Roy’s comments, the St. Louis coach responded: “Oh, give me a break. Tell Patrick to shut the (bleep) up.”