A couple of days ago, an ugly incident took place in a QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) playoff game between Chicoutimi and the Quebec Ramparts. Ramparts goalie Jonathan Roy, son of former NHL great and Ramparts owner, GM and coach Patrick Roy, Skated down the length of the ice and, for lack of a better term, proceeded to beat the living hell out of the Chicoutimi goaltender.
Now don't get me wrong, probably the most exciting fights in hockey are goalie fights. This however, was no fight. This was nothing short of a mugging.
Hockey code stipulates if the opposing fighter doesn't choose to defend himself, or "turtles" the instigator of the confrontation must leave the player in a compromising position alone. Roy, without provocation, went down the ice, shoved the opposing goalie against his net, ripped the helmet off the goalie, and started throwing punches. After about 5 or 6 shots to the head, the Chicoutimi goalie fell to the ice and tried to protect himself from the onslaught by Roy by "turtling". Roy continued to throw another 15+ shots at the defenceless player until he finally had enough and skated away giving the fans in Chicoutimi the double-bird salute.
At this time a Chicoutimi player came out of the penalty box and confronted Roy. Needless to say, the 2 started trading punches for about 30 - 40 seconds before on-ice officials stepped in and broke the 2 combatants apart.
As a result Jonathan Roy has been suspended for 7 games, and his father, who allegedly, told his son to go and fight the other goalie, received a 5 game ban.
I am usually all for sports policing themselves. However in this case, I feel the proper authorities should probably charge Jonathan Roy with assault. There is no place whatsoever for this garbage in this great game.
It should be pointed out that Roy's Ramparts were losing 7 - 1 at the time, and went on to lose the game 10 - 1.
Not for nothing, but I am sick and tired of the "if we're getting our ass kicked on the scoreboard, we're gonna kick your ass physically to send a message" bullshit that is happening on an all too regular occurrence. If you look back over the years, most of the 'incidents' like this take place in blowout games. Arguably the most famous one took place when the Colorado Avalanche were pasting the Vancouver Canucks 6 - 1. Todd Bertuzzi decided that was a good time to get payback on Steve Moore by slugging him in the back of the head and driving him to the ice resulting in Moore suffering a career ending broken neck and concussion. If I were the league disciplinarian, any player that had the nerve to pull a stunt like that would be immediately thrown out of the league for life. Then again I believe the more harsh the punishment the better.
Seven games is not nearly enough for such a grievous act. For an act this severe, no less than 25 games should have been the punishment. I think that the only reason for a 7 gamer is that it is the playoffs. Roy is a draft eligible player this year, so there is no guarantee he will ever play another QMJHL game. Nonetheless, 7 games is a mere slap on the wrist.
At least that is my opinion anyway.