Connor McDavid Disses Rival Head Coach

Published October 15, 2023 at 12:20
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Vancouver Canucks Win Back-to-Back Games Against Oilers

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The Vancouver Canucks kicked off their season with a highly anticipated matchup against the Edmonton Oilers. However, what was expected to be an intense rivalry turned into a one-sided affair as the Canucks convincingly defeated the Oilers with 8-1 and 4-3 victories.

Brock Boeser notably had a remarkable performance in the first game, scoring four goals in a single game.


Despite the exceptional performance by the Canucks, the post-game focus shifted away from their achievement and towards some unexpected and controversial comments made by Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

McDavid Criticizes Canucks' Head Coach



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Following the first game, a visibly frustrated Connor McDavid chose to voice his discontent with head coach Rick Tocchet's decisions during the match. McDavid's complain centered around Tocchet's continued use of the top power-play unit, even when the outcome of the game was essentially determined.

«They made a few decisions in the third period that I thought were interesting,» said McDavid. «Anytime they roll out the first power-play unit, it's not ideal, not a situation we wanna be in, and obviously we don't like that.»

McDavid also took issue with the Canucks' goaltending change in the late stages of the game.

«Throwing the backup goalie in with 10 minutes left, I have not seen that,» added McDavid. «It's not like DeSmith is an [emergency backup goalie] or anything like that, so I thought that was interesting.»

It was later revealed that Thatcher Demko had been removed from the game due to illness, potentially altering McDavid's perspective on the matter. Nevertheless, his comments raised eyebrows and generated controversy.

While early-season frustrations are not uncommon, fans and the NHL community generally expect more restraint from a player of McDavid's stature. The Oilers will need to quickly address their issues as they will look to win their first game of the season.


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