The Québec Junior Hockey League laid out a string of mild suspensions today regarding last Saturday night's brawl involving Jonathan Roy of the Québec Remparts at the Goerges Vézina arena in Chicoutimi.
In my opinion, the verdict is not nearly severe enough. The league suspended goaltender Jonathan Roy for seven games while his father and coach of the Québec Remparts, Patrick Roy, was handed a five game suspension.
The league also handed out other minor suspensions to the Québec Remparts' Maxime Lacroix (three games) and Marc-Olivier Vallerand (two games).
As for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, head coach Richard Martel was suspended for two games for being unable to control his own players while defensemen Sébastien Rioux who left the penalty box to join the brawl was suspended for six games. Charles-Antoine Messier (two games) and Antoine Roussel (one game) complete the string of suspensions. Both teams were also fined 4000$ each by the league.
The league clearly missed a great opportunity to make an example of this event and to prevent future occurrences of this violent nature. When one looks at the tapes, it is fairly obvious that Patrick Roy is ordering his own son to attack Bobby Nadeau. This kind of behaviour should've been punished a lot more severely (i.e. Patrick Roy banished from hockey for life). Instead of making a strong statement, the league took a cowardly approach, deciding to protect it's own product and it's established star in Patrick Roy.
The third match of the series between the Québec Remparts and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens will be played tonight.
(Picture: Jonathan Roy, Québec Junior Hockey League.)