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From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen,
London Knights assistant coach and former National Hockey League player Dave Gagner is facing impaired driving charges following an incident in the southwestern Ontario city Wednesday night.
Gagner, 41, was involved in a rear-end collision about 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, said London Police Const. Amy Phillipo. He was charged at the scene when police arrived.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Fighting used to be ingrained in hockey culture. These days, however, there seems to be more taste for a kinder, cuddlier game. So is it time for fighting to go?
I can only shake my head at the attention the Jonathan Roy story has received in this country this week.
When did the tree huggers take over this bloody country? When did we all become such bleeding hearts that a junior hockey brawl shocked our collective senses so badly we became outraged?
Update 2:38pm ET: Gare Joyce at ESPN addresses how Patrick Roy’s situation may ultimately affect his legacy with the Montreal Canadiens.
from the CP via 660 News,
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has suspended Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy for five games for his role in a weekend brawl.
The league said today that Roy is being suspended for “prejudicial conduct” related to his team’s scrap with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Saturday….
Jonathan Roy was suspended for seven games for barrelling into the Chicoutimi goaltender and pummelling him with repeated blows.
Update 2:52pm ET: From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
When it comes to the Roy family, apparently the apple doesn’t fall all that far from the tree.
A piece of friendly advice to the Roy clan? Time to put in a call to the doc and seek a little anger management, provided the caller can stay on the phone long enough prior to dropping an f-bomb and hanging up.
Update 5:02pm ET: From the CP,
Quebec’s director of public prosecutions has launched a criminal investigation into the junior hockey brawl that netted suspensions for former NHL great Patrick Roy and his son, among others.
The province ordered the investigation after the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended Roy, the Quebec Remparts coach, for five games for his part in an ugly brawl involving his son.
Update 6:38pm ET: From CJAD,
“I certainly regret not taking better control of the situation,” said Roy.
Roy did not respond to suggestions he egged his son on, but says he accepts the league’s ruling.
“My goal is to never make this sort of mistake again,” he said.
*And more, posted earlier today on KK, from Jeff Marek (including video link).
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
Well, by now we’ve all seen the video of Patrick Roy’s son Jonathan attacking Chicoutimi netminder Bobby Nadeau. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, have a look. QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau will rule on the incident sometime Tuesday.
We all have our opinion on the incident itself. It appears that Patrick Roy motioned to his son to skate down the ice and attack the other goalie, who wanted no part of the encounter as is evidenced by the video.
I can never condone that.
more… plus Marek’s thoughts on Patrick Roy’s future as an NHL coach, perhaps of the Avalanche
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Brian Sutter is stepping down as head coach of the Red Deer Rebels.
The Western Hockey League team announced the resignation Monday, with former player and associate coach Jesse Wallin to take over on the bench.
“This past week Brian and I had discussions about his personal commitments and the amount of time that needs to be put into the head coaching position for this upcoming season and for the future,” team owner and president Brent Sutter said in a release. “At the conclusion of those discussions, it was mutually agreed upon that he would resign as head coach for the proper direction of the hockey club.”
from Empty Netters, Meet Jonathan Roy.
He’s the son of NHL great Patrick Roy. He plays goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, a junior team that is owned and coached by his father.
Well it turns out the Remparts were playing their rivals last night, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. And as is usually the case with rivals, things got pretty nasty:
According to reports, Pappa Roy may have told his offspring to give that beat-down to the Chicoutimi goalkeeper.
continued with video…
added 4:14pm, from the CP via TSN,
Roy coaches his son Jonathan on the Remparts and denies he encouraged the slugfest near the end of the second period in Saturday night’s 10-1 thrashing from the Sagueneens.
“We will take the time to look at all the elements of this incident, all the reports from the two supervisors who were there, the officials and the images that are available,” QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau told all-news channel LCN on Sunday.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]
It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.
from the Barrie Examiner,
...an informal survey of players practising at the Barrie Molson Centre this week revealed neck protection is not popular among this OHL team.
“I’m not for it. I’m against it,” 19-year-old forward Cory McGillis said as he and his teammates got re-acquainted with neck guards this week. They will wear them for the first time in a game tomorrow. “I haven’t worn one for five years. It’s just annoying.”
“Graduating out of ‘AAA’, I was relieved to get rid of the neck guard,” rookie forward Marcus Pepe said. “It was always a pain in the butt, and it was gross throwing on wet. I find it really uncomfortable.
“But I guess it saves lives, right?”
via The Record,
The Ontario Hockey League will force all of its players to wear neck protection starting next week.
The league has annouced mandatory neck protection must be worn by all players effective March 10.
Update March 6th, 2008 - 12:23pm ET:
A new group named “Keep neck guards out of the OHL” was created on Facebook early Wednesday morning. By Thursday afternoon, more than 180 people joined the group on the popular social networking website to sound off on the new regulation.
One group member wrote, “We might as well put the cage on if we have to wear neck guards.”
Another hockey player posted a note saying he simply won’t wear it. “I probably shouldn’t be in this league anyway but I’ll be pumping gas before I will wear a neck guard,” he wrote.
from the Times-Colonist,
The ECHL has shed the Slap Shot image so completely that you often hear certain fans ruefully commenting on the lack of fighting and rough stuff in games.
With its NHL affiliations and game-day rosters limited to 18 players, these skilled young pros are looking to move up to the AHL, so most nights the games are rough, but clean.
So it is ironic the most controversial incident of the season at the Memorial Centre should happen on an evening with the arena loaded with impressionable youth players among the healthy crowd on Salute to Minor Hockey Night.
It occurred in the second period with Victoria trailing 4-1 and clearly frustrated during a break for a faceoff, Robin Gomez came off the bench on a line change and sucker-punched unsuspecting Wranglers star and former NHLer Chris Ferraro.
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