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Flyers’ Neilson To Discuss Incident

March 17, 1999

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Flyers coach Roger Neilson is scheduled to have a conference call Thursday with the NHL to determine what, if any, disciplinary action will result from his stick-throwing incident in St. Louis.

Neilson, who tossed a stick Tuesday in the direction of referee Bill McCreary to protest the lack of a penalty call on which St. Louis scored, narrowly missed linesman Lonnie Cameron with the stick.

On Wednesday, Neilson claimed he was not trying to hit Cameron but rather get McCreary’s attention at the 6:47 mark of the third period in a 5-2 loss to the Blues.

Taking part in the conference call will be NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, Flyers president and general manager Bob Clarke and McCreary.

Neilson could face a fine and or suspension. Former Los Angeles Kings coach Tom Webster received a 12-game suspension in 1991 for throwing a stick at referee Kerry Fraser.

Neilson, who was ejected from the game by McCreary, reportedly spoke to Campbell Wednesday to give his side of the story.

``I think the referee in his report said I was trying to hit the linesman,″ Neilson said. ``Which is completely wrong. He (McCreary) wasn’t watching anyway. That’s one thing that I wanted to make sure that Colin Campbell knew.

``I didn’t even see the linesman. It was just a protest, throwing the stick out on the ice. If you get suspended for that, well OK. But I don’t want to get suspended for trying to hit a linesman with a stick.″

Neilson has been ejected from several games during his coaching career but never has been suspended.

On the disputed play, St. Louis’ Terry Yake appeared to hold Jody Hull’s stick. That gave Chris Pronger a clear path to set up Pavol Demitra for the goal that gave the Blues a 3-1 lead.

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