Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Roy sons have to learn they're going to be judged on different level
I forgot to mention this in my Patrick Roy column over the weekend, but I should have.
While No. 33 got an amazing and heartfelt reception by the sold-out Bell Centre crowd on Saturday night, his son, Jonathan, got a smattering of boos when introduced in the pregame ceremony.
The Quebec Remparts goalie isn't a popular fixture in his province after his famous beat-down of Chicoutimi goalie Bobby Nadeau during a playoff game last spring. (I got into some hot water here, north of the border, for getting on Nadeau because he didn't defend himself. Stupid comment on my part. My filter wasn't working that day. But I guess I was looking at it from my own hockey-playing days. If a guy came after me, I would have at least wrestled him to the ground. But I digress.)
Now, younger brother, Frederick, also a Remparts player under coach and father Patrick, was suspended 15 games Monday by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for high-sticking Montreal Juniors defenseman Vincent Bourgeois in the face last Friday night. It was pretty bad. There's absolutely no room for it in the game.
Of course, a lot of players get suspended in Canadian major junior hockey, but few of them get any mention nationally. The Roy boys have to learn they're going to be judged by a different standard for the rest of their playing careers.