The NHL is investigating reports that Detroit Red Wing Coach Scotty Bowman, captain Steve Yzerman and forward Martin Lapointe abused two cameramen from the Sunshine Network, a Florida regional sports cable network, during Sunday night's 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay.
The trouble started during the second intermission when one cameraman, setting up to do an interview, was "jostled" and "bumped" by Bowman. The cameraman fell into a female stage manager, and the camera struck her on the shoulder.
When another cameraman began to show Yzerman and Lapointe sitting dejectedly on the bench during the third period, there was more trouble. Yzerman "reached around the front of the glass to try to grab the lens, and I backed up," the cameraman said. "When I backed up, Yzerman backed off and Lapointe started in on me."
The cameraman told the Detroit Free Press that Lapointe threatened to come over the glass at him and then began spitting over the glass at him.
The Orlando-based Sunshine Network said it is leaving the investigation process in the NHL's hands and a spokesman said no legal action is planned. "Everyone feels this has kind of been blown out of proportion," the spokesman said.
Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy, who has a good chance to break the NHL record for victories this season, says the club may trade him. He has a no-trade clause that expires Jan. 1 and says he believes the team is grooming young prospect Marc Denis to replace him.
"I am not stupid," Roy told the Denver Post. "I see things. . . . All I know is I won't be traded until at least Jan. 1."