Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma Put Scratch Behind them in Calgary

After a particularly bad practice day on Monday, which was reported on by Sportsnet's Mark Spector in great detail, Calgary Flames' coach Bob Hartley ended up benching two of his young star players along with Lance Bouma for Tuesday night's game with the Maple Leafs.

Spector: Hartley 'Pissed off' at Flames During Monday Skate

According to Aaron Vickers of, the trio were scratched for a clear-cut violation of team rules. Translation: They were late for practice and that doesn't cut it. Second translation: Super Bowl parties got the best of the boys.

Hartley explained Tuesday after the game: "It was very simple," he said. "We established team rules at the start of the season. We're a very proud hockey club. We have built what we believe to be a very strong culture and that goes for everyone."

Calgary ended up getting two vital points against the Leafs, and it also got a heartfelt apology from the players.

"I think all three of us are really upset with ourselves," Gaudreau said. "We want to apologize to the organization, the coaches, our team especially, and the city of Calgary and the fans. They come to watch us play every single night. For us not to show up like that and miss a game like that, it's not professional on our part."

"It's the first and last time that's going to happen," added Monahan.

"We have a responsibility to be here for practices and make sure we're here on time," said Bouma, the third player in the trio. "It's disappointing we let our teammates down, for sure."

Fortunately for the Flames, Hartley's message didn't come at a cost to the club. They not only got the wake-up call, they also got the win. And now we can all move on to the next story, because the door on this one is closed.

"Make this the front headlines of all your papers, your radio shows, your TV crews," Hartley said. "The story is over."