Jonathan and Patrick Roy: Like Father, Like Son

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I'll admit to taking no small amount of pleasure from having watched Patrick Roy raise fists against Red Wings goaltenders Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood on two separate and glorious occasions. Anyone who straps on a red helmet against the Avs is easy to hate. But, given Roy's off-ice history of violence, watching his son Jonathan skate full speed into an opposing goalie to pick a fight with someone who won't even defend himself just seems sad. During a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff game Saturday night, Roy, goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, threw himself into a brawl that started in front of his net between several players on his team and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Not satisfied to fight one player, Roy skated to center ice, broke free of a referee who tried to restrain him, and skated full speed into the opposing goaltender who didn't put up a fist in defense. Roy could face suspension over the pummeling he gave the goalie. Time will tell if league's disciplinary committee will take either "I can't tend goal like my dad so I'm gonna fight like him," or "I'm just an asshole like my father only without the kind of talent that gives athletes a free pass" as reasonable defenses for his actions.

-- Sean Cronin


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