Saturday, March 27, 2010
Abbotsford Heat Coach Jim Playfair Explodes
Jim Playfair, the coach of the Abbotsford Heat in the AHL went absolutely nuts in a game after a questionable penalty call in a 4-0 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs this week.
Heat forward JD Watt received a major penalty and game misconduct for intent to injure on what appeared to be a relatively harmless (or at very least routine) interference penalty.
Upon hearing the news of the penalty call, Playfair began berating the AHL Official, the son of former NHL Official Don Koharski. Playfair used profanities and then grabbed a stick from the bench and proceeded to smash it repeatedly over the boards until it broke, he then ripped his jacket off and stared ominously at the stunned officiating crew before grabbing another Heat stick and smashing that over the boards.
Koharski doled out an additional penalty to Playfair, who slowly made his way from the bench to watch the rest of the game in the back.
Below is a video of the incident - the incident begins at the 2:45 mark of the game's video highlights.
Koharskis are no strangers to livid coaches. You might remember Jim Schoenfeld's infamous 'Have another donut you fat pig' incident from May 6, 1988.
Playfair has a case on the penalty, but it's hard to imagine anything warranting that kind of childish tirade. Nevertheless, makes for great television!