Hockey

Quinn fined $10,000 over photographer incident

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn was fined $10,000 by the NHL on Thursday for manhandling Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal last week.

"While it is clear that no one intended this confrontation, the contact between Mr. Quinn and Mr. Behal was inappropriate," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a three-paragraph statement. "Accordingly, Mr. Quinn has been fined $10,000."

Behal filed an assault complaint after Quinn grabbed him by the neck and shoved him while he was photographing Tie Domi en route to a disciplinary hearing at the NHL's Toronto office last Friday. Behal withdrew the complaint on Sunday after Quinn apologized.

"I've already put this incident behind me with Pat's apology," Behal said in a statement Thursday. "He said he was sorry last week, and I accepted that. It's obvious the NHL takes aggressive behaviour seriously, and I respect that. I hope this acts as a deterrent so journalists and photographers (feel safe at) the Air Canada Centre. Domi was on his way to a hearing called by the league into his elbow smash to the head of New Jersey defenceman Scott Niedermayer in Game 4 of their conference semifinal.

Behal followed Domi as he entered the elevator, snapping pictures.

"Then, all of a sudden, there was a hand around my neck and I got shoved back," the photographer said after the incident. "Quinn said, 'Get out of my way."'

The incident was captured on video by TV crews.

The $10,000 will go to the NHL Foundation, which funds charitable causes and youth hockey initiatives.

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