Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick said when he was a young player with the Chicago Blackhawks “(Coach) Mike Keenan grabbed me around the throat on the bench.”

“But I love Mike Keenan,” Roenick told USA TODAY Sports. “Mike Keenan did not scar me one bit. I owe my career to Mike Keenan.”

Keenan told USA TODAY he doesn’t recall grabbing Roenick by the throat, “but I probably grabbed him by the jersey a few times.”

NHL coaches have been under the microscope in recent weeks amid allegations of abuse. Former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters recently resigned over allegations of racial slurs and abuse, and other players have come out publicly to discuss conduct against them.

NHL owners are expected to discuss the possibility of a strict coaches’ code of conduct at the Board of Governors meeting in Pebble Beach, California, either Monday or Tuesday.

Roenick, added, “These are different times” and coaches, like everyone else in society, need to be held accountable for what they do or say to players. He said behavior rules need to be put into writing.

“I’m an old-school guy. I appreciate trying to motivate someone with a firm hand,” said Roenick, who played from…