After the Calgary Flames’ home opener Oct. 5, Matthew Tkachuk joined Scott Oake and Louie Debrusk on Sportsnet’s After Hours show. Tkachuk was asked about his new contract with the Calgary Flames, his family life and took some Twitter questions.
But, at one point Oake asks Tkachuk about his feud with LA Kings’ defense-man Drew Doughty, who the Flames will face in their next game Oct. 8.
Last season in an interview, Drew Doughty said, “I have no respect for him, none. I respect everyone else. I’ll never talk to him off the ice.”
Oake mentioned things began to heat up after an incident where Tkachuk elbowed Doughty in the face. At the time, Doughty spoke to the media almost immediately after the game and had some words about the play.
“He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid,” Doughty told Fox Sports’ Jon Rosen at the time. “To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don’t know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. I can’t tell you for sure, so I’m not going to say if I think anything should happen, but whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it’s going to hurt for a little bit.”
“It has no effect on me what (Doughty) says or anybody on their team says,” Tkachuk said to the Calgary Sun. “If it was a pretty dirty play… I mean, nobody really did anything about it and nobody on our end really thought it was that bad. But that’s in the past. Tomorrow, it’s just another game and hopefully another game closer to playoffs.”
Tkachuk was suspended two games for the hit and forfeited $10,277.78 due to the suspension, which went to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. During the recent After Hours interview, Oake asked what Tkachuk thought of Doughty’s comments.
“It goes in one ear and out the other,” Tkachuk said.
Oake also asked the Flames’ forward if he should “show a Norris Trophy winner and a Stanley Cup champion some respect?”
“I show [Mark Giordano] respect… He’s a Norris Trophy winner,” he replied.
The next chapter of the Tkachuk-Doughty feud will be written this season and it’ll be interesting to see if things pick up in the teams’ first match-up against each other this season.
“I’m really looking forward to Tuesday’s game,” Tkachuk said.