Jonathan Roy Faces Assult Charge

Mary MimiCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2008

The son of goaltending legend Patrick Roy has been charged with assault after pummeling the goaltender of a rival team during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff game on March 22.

Jonathan Roy, 19, faces one count of assault against Bobby Nadeau, a goalie with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. The charge was filed on Thursday in a court in Saguenay, Que., where the brawl occurred.

The highly publicized incident saw Roy, a goaltender with the Quebec Ramparts, skate to the opposite end of the ice during the second-period brawl and pound Nadeau, who was unwilling to fight and covered up.

Roy then gave the middle finger with both hands to fans at the Georges-Vézina Centre.

As a result, Patrick Roy, who serves as the team's head coach and general manager, received a five-game suspension. Jonathan Roy received seven games for his role in the melee and issued an apology on March 24.

"I acted in a way that is not acceptable for an athlete," he told reporters. "I gave the finger to the crowd and then, after the game, I made unacceptable comments in front of the cameras. I acted out of adrenaline and frustration."

The incident was the latest and most notable between the two teams, who have a longstanding rivalry in the Quebec league.