Excess of anger: Patrick Roy suspended by the LHJMQ

Excess of anger: Patrick Roy suspended by the QMJHL


Quebec Remparts head coach and general manager Patrick Roy was fined $5,000 and suspended for one game in connection with his outburst last Saturday .

As originally reported by Le Journal de Québec on Wednesday, the former goaltender has been sanctioned by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for “unsportsmanlike conduct and inappropriate comments in the media”. On this subject, the Red Devils organization preferred not to comment.

Roy was ejected by referees Nicolas Dutil and Olivier Gouin late in the first period of the preseason duel against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Dissatisfied with the decision of the officials not to penalize an opposing player on a sequence, “Casseau” garlanded them, which led to his departure. However, he continued to berate the two men when he left the bench.

On the sidelines of training on Tuesday, Roy nevertheless admitted his wrongdoing. “I fell into the trap and not nearly, like a lala baby. I had a lesson and it's okay,” he said in comments broadcast by TVA Sports.

A lot of emotion

The relationship between the former number 33 and the QMJHL officials is certainly acrimonious, especially since the semi-final between the Remparts and the Cataractes last spring , the Mauricie club having had the last word. Moreover, Roy had his share of recriminations with regard to Dutil and Gouin during the confrontation: the first had suffered the wrath of the head coach during the fourth match, while the second had imposed a penalty contested by the driver late in the fifth game, a decision that led to Pierrick Dubé's decisive goal.

Also, the manager had criticized the work of the Courteau circuit referee, Richard Trottier, when he confirmed his return to the helm in July. “It's clear in my head that we need a change,” he said at the time.

The Remparts will play their next exhibition game on Friday against the Océanic of Rimouski.