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Should the Canadiens honour Roy?
Thu, March 27, 2008

Following the now infamous hockey brawl involving his son, Jonathan Roy, should the Montreal Canadiens honour Patrick Roy?

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I have played hockey for 45 years. Yes, there will be fights in the heat of the moment. Been there. However, I have never understood why goaltenders feel the need to get at it. Hardly "heat of the moment" situations. Patrick, in my estimation made a very stupid decision. I have also coached at the midget and juvenile levels and coaching was more difficult than playing,(Jr C & B) ever was. What I do not agree with is the "sparring". When 2 players sit back and take off their gloves, dance around for a moment, and then start to swing, that is also stupid. The league should look at that as a disregard for the game of hockey as a sport and eject them with a fine immediately. No need to see those guys attempting to be boxers.
KEN BUTLER, 2008-03-26 08:05:17

The punishment has to fit the crime, and when real criminals are getting away with murder, it would be hypocritical in the extreme to use jackboots on a kid who showed poor judgment during a hockey game. I always thought Patrick Roy was a spoiled brat, given the petulant demonstration of ego he showed at the Montreal bench that night. It's no surprise his son is much the same. The punishment they got would be enough, if it brings about true contrition, and the subsequent change in behavior that would prove it. The public condemnation that is being heaped on the Roys in this, and other forums, should also be punishment enough for a pair of prima donnas who think they are far more important than they actually are. Let them serve their suspensions, and we'll see if they learn anything about sportsmanship. If their conduct doesn't change, then the next time they step out of bounds, yes, a lifetime ban would be appropriate.

Cudos to Bobby Nadeau for having the courage to take the blows without sinking to the level of thuggery his attacker showed. Turning the other cheek is neither cowardly, nor easy. The kid showed class.

And to all those who think fighting is part of the game, I say go downtown and get ringside seats for the Bloods and the Crips. I would rather watch hockey played fast, and clean by players who can shake hands with their opponents when the game is over.
Roy, 2008-03-26 08:03:11

Poor sportsmanship maybe, 7 game suspension hardly. French temper took over, eh? Knuckle to knuckle OK stickwork is unacceptable. Steven "Cheap Shot" Stamkos (OHL) can cross-check a player to the ice behind the scenes and get nothing...All depends on who you are.

See you at centre hice.
C'est La Vie, 2008-03-26 07:40:19

As a hockey player, I am disgusted. The suspensions given out were WAY TOO LIGHT. 7 games for skating to the other end of the ice, hitting the other goalie without mercy, and flipping off the fans. If the league wants to send a message about how intorolable this is, get rid of both Roys, forever!!!!
J-me, 2008-03-26 07:24:07

Should of been alot longer...how about a life ban...what a BAD example for our national sport.
Peggi, 2008-03-26 07:23:56

As long as we pay to watch these so called skilled hockey players, there will be greedy owners who can make a buck off of this ridiculous activity. Suspend the kid for 1 year and never allow Patrick Roy to be a head coach again...how's that for a puck to the ego?
dale sutton, 2008-03-26 07:23:45

The suspensions are a joke.I can see that a player may lose his cool towards another player in a physical game and get involved in an altercation, but I can never understand how 2 goalies can be irrate at each other (and the other goalie obviously didn't want any part of this) and want to fight. It is clear that Jonathan thought his Father was quite the hero when he had his claim to fame fight a few years ago. Some role model DAD !!!
Carl, 2008-03-26 07:04:39

They completely dropped the ball on this...the kid is terrible anyeways, should have been banned for a year. The father should have received significantly more. The league sent a message...you can do absolutely anything at all and get a small slap on the wrist for it. Dave Branch would have ensured nothing like that ever happened again
dave, 2008-03-26 06:40:18

It doesn't surprise me at all. Patrick Roy was a problem in the NHL. He's a bully creating another bully in his honour. Its scary to think that some people actually idolize him. Attitude feeding attitude. They should be made examples of and thrown out of the league. If his son had any hopes of a career like his fathers I would hope and pray they are now dashed.
Bill, 2008-03-26 06:36:00

What has happened to hockey when players can get away with a senseless beating. I was ashamed our national sport.
maribeth smith, 2008-03-26 03:45:54

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