Like Father, Like Son
Patrick and Jonathan Roy Are Two Peas in a Pod
Last Saturday night, in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff game between the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and the Patrick Roy coached, Quebec Remparts, a line brawl broke out. The Remparts were losing 7-1 in the second period when all five players on each team decided to dance with a member of the opposite team with bad intentions. A line brawl is dangerously exciting to many hockey fans, but when the goaltenders get involved, it brings the intensity level to a new high.
Jonathan Roy, the son of the NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, is the starting goaltender for the Remparts. During this melee, there is clear, video evidence showing Patrick yelling at his son on the ice, and then giving a wave of approval to join the brawl. After a failed attempt, Jonathan noticed the referees were occupied in other fights, so he made his move to the other end of the rink.
The Remparts goalie smoothly skated, with no helmet, blocker or glove, to the opposing goalie who obviously just wanted to enjoy watching the brawl as a bystander, not as a participant. Roy shoved the Saqueneens goalie through his own crossbar, ripped off his helmet and introduced him to a few fists while he was standing and close to ten more when he was on the ice in the fetal position. After realizing that his weak, non-violent victim was no longer fun to pound on, he continued his adrenaline rush by giving the entire opposition's arena the one finger salute, one from each hand. Since every player was already occupied with a partner, the gesture was enough to enrage a Chicoutimi player to leave the penalty box to defend the crowd. Again, Roy got the first punch in and almost seemed to taunt the crowd with an arrogant, self-satisfied look on his face while tangling in this fight.
Ahh, music to Patrick Roy's ears. Memories from the days when he was an arrogant, self-centered goalie, with his antics and fists of fury. How can anyone forget the line brawls between his Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings in the late 1990’s. Roy and Mike Vernon had an entertaining even tilt in 1997 following by a heavy fisted fight in 1998 against Chris Osgood. This may be evidence that Patrick Roy is living vicariously through his son.
In this situation, the fight was a normal aspect of the game, but both father and son were wrong in their particular actions. Father Roy is guilty for encouraging and approving his son to participate and continue the ugly scene, no question. While son Roy should not have assaulted a player who obviously did not want to fight, and then add the unnecessary bird flipping. With the history that Patrick has had as a player and recently as a coach, it looks like the "Roy" name will never be linked with things like sportsmanship, elegance, class or finesse.
Everyone apologized for their participation and Jonathon Roy apologized for his "salute" to the crowd, but not for his part in the fight. At the end of the day, six players and two coaches were suspended for a total of 28 games, including Jonathan Roy receiving seven games for his part. Each team was also fined a total of $4,000, with some players receiving more minor cash fines.
This, of course, leads us to a deeper question. Is fighting necessary in junior hockey?
There is a lot of evidence that shows that with or without the fighting rule, that fights do exist in the game. Many leagues have looked at this highly-debatable question very seriously more than ever in past years. Keeping everyone’s children’s safe is and should be the main priority to all parents, players, fans and coaches. However, fighting IS a part of hockey culture and should always be incorporated in the sport, at least at the professional level.
Former NHL goalie, Glenn Healy, may have said it best on in a recent television interview. On TSN’s Sportcentre, he implied that the best way to keep the kids safe is to stop selling poutine’s in the arena.
By Kevin Chaves
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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