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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 Puck Stops Here on FoxSports,
So far this season, there have been 30 Russian players who have played one or more NHL games, down from 57 prior to the lockout. Talent is already being drawn away from the NHL.
The skeptics will argue that the elite Russian talent still comes to the NHL, which is clearly true when one looks at the scoring race. However, some proven NHLers are having good seasons in the Russian Elite League right now and would be able to contribute to any NHL team were they in the NHL. A quick look through the Russian Elite League shows there are teams with former NHLers Aleksey Morozov, Alexander Perezhogin, Oleg Saprykin, Alexei Yashin and Maxim Sushinsky all leading them in scoring.
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 the NCAA,
The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.
Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of six conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.
The University of Michigan, was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included Miami University (Ohio), the University of North Dakota and the University of New Hampshire.
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 Journal (Queen’s University),
Gare Joyce, author of Future Greats and Heartbreaks and a frequent contributor to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, is a 20-year sports writing veteran, formerly of the Globe and Mail.
He said the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is a largely untapped resource the NHL could take a closer look at.
“I think a lot of players who don’t track for the NHL but could be very viable players in the AHL or in Europe, a lot of them end up in CIS schools. It’s a more attractive option then starting down the route of being a career minor-leaguer or heading off to Europe,” he said.
“I think that the NHL overlooks and misses out on at least a couple of players who could fill roles. People look at Steve Rucchin as being as unlikely as a win in a lottery. … I don’t know why they would think that.”
A KK reader passed this along to me…
The “Amur Tigers” played a very unusual game - taking on a prisoners’ hockey team of Zaozernoe Prison (№13). Khabarovsk Alumni (Amur Tigers) players won the game 5-3.
The prisoners prepared the ice surface and the idea of playing this game belongs to the prison’s priest (Father Oleg) who also was on the Tigers’ roster.
One of those who took the face-off against murderers, rapists, robbers and assorted other social deviants was Alexander Mogilny.
View some great pictures a this site and note the site is in Russian. The blog belongs to a TV journalist who participated in the game, playing for the Tigers.
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