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Patrick Roy backs off Boucher critique

SIMON CLICHE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

LEWISTON, Maine -- Quebec Remparts coach and general manager Patrick Roy said Thursday he never meant to slam the coaching style of a former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rival who's now in the NHL.

Roy says he hasn't spoken with Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher since he told Quebec newspapers that a lot of QMJHL teams are copying Boucher's defence-first style and dragging down the offense.

But the former NHL goalie indicated his comments may have been misinterpreted. He said he only meant a lot of young players in the league aren't getting the chance to be creative in the offensive zone.

"In my time, there was less structure and that left more room for creativity," said the Remparts bench boss.

"In the end, it just means the games are less exciting," he said, comparing it to boxers who dance around the ring without throwing punches. "I just meant that some teams used Guy's style of play because, ultimately, it works. He was an innovator and that's to his credit."

Roy said he has a tremendous amount of respect for the former Drummondville Voltigeurs coach who was hired by the Lightning in the summer.

"I feel like people are trying to make it sound like I doubt Guy Boucher's competence," Roy said. "I consider Guy an innovator and a fine psychologist."


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