Roy in hot water for blasting bigwigs
BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency
|Patrick Roy, the coach and GM of the QMJHL's Remparts, was fined $5,000. (Benoit Gariepy/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens legend Patrick Roy is on thin ice once again with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The coach and GM of the Quebec Remparts was fined $5,000 for telling QMI Agency that commissioner Gilles Courteau pressured Roy to rush his injured star forward Mikhail Grigorenko back to action for the CHL Top Prospects Game.
Grigorenko appeared in the game on Wednesday despite an ankle injury.
"I find it extremely unfortunate that we seem to want to promote the league's image instead of protecting the players," the Hall of Famer told QMI's French sports channel, TVA Sports, last Friday.
Roy also lambasted OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch as well as Ron Robison, commissioner of the Western Hockey League.
“The image of Commissioners like Gilles Courteau, David Branch and Ron Robison (WHL) has become bigger than their own leagues.”
Roy also suggested Grigorenko's participation in the Top Prospects game could end up boosting Courteau's candidacy as a future CHL commissioner.
“When you have a commissioner who’s thinking about his own future, we forget the kids and that’s the problem.”
The QMJHL said in a statement that Roy’s comments were unacceptable.
“Inappropriate comments directed towards league personnel will not be tolerated,” said the league.
This is Roy's third fine of the season.
He paid $2,500 in October after he criticized league disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc following a season-ending hit on Remparts forward Nick Sorensen. Bolduc later handed down a 15-game suspension against Baie-Comeau's Jonathan Lessard, the player who dished out the hit.
Last month Roy was fined $2,500 for criticizing a video official in Victoriaville, Que.
In 2008 the QMJHL suspended Roy for five games for allegedly encouraging son Jonathan to pummel a Chicoutimi Sagueneens goalie during a massive brawl that led to criminal charges against his son.