Roy's son admits to acting in 'unacceptable way'
CTV.ca News Staff
Published Monday, March 24, 2008 4:56PM EDT
The son of NHL goaltending legend Patrick Roy says he failed as a role model during his involvement in a playoff hockey brawl.
"I acted in an unacceptable way for an athlete. I gave the finger to the crowd and I used unacceptable words before TV cameras," Jonathan Roy said Monday at a news conference in Quebec City.
"I acted on the rush of the moment and frustration ... (but) I didn't have the right to act this way and I want to use this time to (apologize) to the Chicoutimi crowd and all those who heard those words on TV."
What people saw and heard, "that's not me. You will never see that side of (me) again," Roy said -- who skipped over his involvement in two fights.
Roy will learn Tuesday whether he will be suspended for his role in the ugly weekend hockey brawl.
The league earlier said it would make a ruling Monday, then said there were many infractions during the game and that will require a more in-depth look at the file.
The backup goaltender got into fights with two different players on Saturday night during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League hockey playoff game between his team and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Patrick Roy, who owns and coaches the Remparts, stands accused of encouraging the attack. He has denied that accusation.
The Remparts were losing 7-1 late in the second period when a melee broke out in the Remparts' end.
Jonathan Roy skated to centre ice and appeared to challenge Sagueneens goaltender Bobby Nadeau to a fight.
While officials initially restrained Roy, he went after Nadeau in the Sagueneens' end after the officials left him alone to go deal with other fights. Jonathan ripped Nadeau's mask off and pounded his opponent. Nadeau just took the blows and didn't defend himself.
As Roy skated away, he gave the middle-finger salute to the crowd at the Centre Georges-Vezina in Chicoutimi.
He then got in a second fight with Chicoutimi defenceman Sebastien Rioux.
Jonathan Roy was given two fighting majors, a minor and two game misconducts. Nadeau wasn't penalized.
The Sagueneens went on to win 10-1.
"I can't control the reactions of my players in the heat of action," Patrick Roy told reporters after the game. "That's part of the game."
Jonathan Roy said he wasn't following his father's orders.
"Patrick looked at me and told me to calm down," Jonathan Roy said. "I said to myself, 'He doesn't want me to go,' but when the line judge released me, I said to myself ... 'I'm going.' "
ESPN hockey writer Gare Joyce told Canada AM on Monday that Jonathan Roy will probably be suspended. But he noted that since the younger Roy is a back-up goaltender, not a starter, any suspension likely won't hurt the Remparts that much.
The two teams play next on Tuesday night. He thought Patrick Roy may also be fined, but suggested the amount would be relatively trivial.
Joyce said one shouldn't take Roy's statement about no control over his team with a grain of salt.
"He has complete control over his team ... and if he told them not to act out, they wouldn't," he said.
Not just one player got in a fight -- all six did, he said.