Patrick Roy Video: Watch Avalanche Coach Go After Bruce Boudreau in Debut

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The Colorado Avalanche gave their new coach Patrick Roy a great win to start his career—a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Denver on Wednesday—but fans got a bit of extra entertainment after the final whistle.

After the game was over, Roy and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau began exchanging some words to each other over the partition. Those words then got louder and more angry, and what ensued was Roy attempting to knock over the partition and start a fight.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4:58 p.m. ET

Roy spoke with Adrian Dater of the Denver Post about comments Boudreau made about last night's incident

"What Boudreau said was all lies," Roy said. "I don't talk to players, I respect all the players. I'm certainly not going to get too involved in this one, but when you talk about classless — when you're lying, this is classless."

Asked if he would have done anything differently upon reflection, Roy said: "This is the league policy and I understand it now, but at the same time I will always defend my players. Things happen. This is the way I dealt with this one. Would I deal with it differently next time? Maybe, maybe not. I don't know."

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 3:55 p.m. ET

From Adrian Dater of The Denver Post

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10:20 a.m. ET

CBS Sports' Chris Peters passes along a statement from Patrick Roy discussing the incident:

“I was not very happy, with their defenseman kneeing our guy,” Roy said of Lovejoy after the game. "After that, there was some talk from the coaches I guess. So what am I going to do?"

ESPN's Scott Burnside also provided a statement from Bruce Boudreau:

"It's just because it was MacKinnon. It was a little trip and maybe they should have called it and [they] let it go because of the score. He was barking at me because I was yelling at him to quit yelling at our players," Boudreau said. 

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"A coach has no right to start yapping at players," Boudreau said. "It's not our job to be yapping at players. 

"I told him that it's bull, it's bush league. He did what he did, but I mean it's going in for a long year if he’s going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It's just not the way the game's played." 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9:55 a.m. ET

From Sportsnet's John Shannon:

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National Post columnist Bruce Arthur gave his take:

That's one way to start your coaching career.

The Hall of Fame goalie was named the head coach and vice president of hockey operations of the Avalanche back in May. Roy was a member of the Avalanche from 1996 to 2003, helping Colorado win two Stanley Cups.

Roy is replacing Joe Sacco, who coached the team from 2009-2013. During that time, the team went just 130-134-30 and played in just six playoff games.

Hockey players are normally known for their fighting, but usually coaches stay out of the fray. This is not the first time that Roy has found himself in this kind of situation, though. Back in 2008 while coaching his son's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, Roy was suspended five games for his part in an altercation that broke out during a playoff game.

Get ready, Avalanche fans, your coach is going to make this one entertaining year.

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