B.C. hockey coach's tantrum an internet hit

A stick-smashing tantrum by the coach of a B.C. American Hockey League team has become an internet hit, generating more than half a million views since the Saturday night game.

Former Calgary Flames coach kicked out for outburst

A stick-smashing tantrum by the coach of a B.C. American Hockey League team has become an internet hit, generating more than half a million views since the Saturday night game.

Abbotsford Heat head coach Jim Playfair lost control when one of his players was kicked out of the minor league hockey game against the Hamilton Bulldogs for charging the opposing team's goaltender.

In the many versions of the incident posted on YouTube, Playfair can be seen screaming at referee Jamie Koharski, tearing his jacket off and smashing two sticks over the boards.

Playfair was given a 10-minute game misconduct, kicked out of the game and fined an undisclosed amount by the AHL.

He later told local newspapers that he thought the referee made the wrong call when he gave Abbotsford's J.D. Watt a five-minute charging penalty and a game misconduct for the collision with Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

The Heat ended up losing to the Bulldogs 4-0.

Playfair said emotion is part of the game and he isn't sorry about the incident.

"It is what it is," a soft-spoken Playfair said Monday after the Heat practised. "I'm not going to apologize for it.

Dave Sheldon, the director of communications for the Heat, said the behaviour of the former Calgary Flames coach was out of character.

"Jim is very much a professional coach," Sheldon said. "He knows how to act. He knows how to talk to the players. He's been in the National Hockey League before.

"This is completely out of character for Jim — not to say he's not an intense person. He's a very intense coach. But at the same time he lets the actions of the players do the talking, as opposed to that."

Playfair, a former NHL player for the Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks, became the head coach of the Saint John Flames in 2001, before taking the head coaching job with the Calgary Flames in 2006 for one season. He later moved to the Abbotsford Heat in 2009.

Referee Jamie 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."