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OHL fines Sudbury Wolves after coach's expletive-filled media availability

10/31/2014 07:13 EDT | Updated 12/31/2014 05:59 EST
TORONTO - The Sudbury Wolves were fined $7,500 by the Ontario Hockey League on Friday as a result of head coach Paul Fixter's comments during an expletive-filled media availability last week.

Fixter previously issued an apology for his actions following the Oct. 22 game between the Wolves and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the Essar Centre.

Clearly frustrated with his team's performance in a 7-2 loss that left Sudbury with a 1-10-0 record, Fixter offered curt replies to questions from reporters.

At one point, he used a curse word to describe the Wolves' play after the first period of the game. When another reporter asked about his team's work ethic, a few more curse words were dropped during a testy exchange.

"I apologize for my use of profanity after last evening's loss to the Greyhounds,'' Fixter said the next day in a statement on the team's website. "I could have chosen my words more carefully, however, I stand by my players, the organization and the fans of the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club.

"The coaching staff is a passionate group and we feel the stress of losing. We are working diligently to strive to improve our record and make the fans of the Sudbury Wolves proud.''

On Friday, the OHL said the team was fined for "the most unprofessional and inappropriate comments by head coach Paul Fixter" following the game.

The Wolves took a 12-game losing streak into Friday night's home game against the Sarnia Sting.

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