CHICOUTIMI, Que. -- After months of legal limbo, Jonathan Roy, the son of hockey great Patrick Roy, will finally stand trial for an on-ice brawl dating back to March 2008.
Roy, who was the goalie for the Quebec Remparts, allegedly assaulted opposing goalie Bobby Nadeau during a game.
Yesterday, a Quebec judge threw out Roy's request to have the case dismissed. Roy's lawyer, Steve Magnan, told the court it was a case of abuse of process, and alleges the league changed the rules in order to charge his client.
According to a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) rule dating back to 1977, criminal charges can only be laid in cases of assault causing bodily harm.
Those rules were changed in July 2008, four months after the fight, by Quebec's director of criminal prosecutions.
This paved the way for criminal charges against players in cases without major injuries.
Roy was charged on July 31, 2008, three days after the changes were made.
In its decision yesterday, the court found Roy's rights were respected during the investigation.
The judge noted the charges against the 20-year-old fell under the authority of Crown prosecutors rather than the rules changed in July 2008.