After several days of deliberations during which the hockey world watched its shameful garage league brawl on YouTube, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has finally levied fines and suspensions on the Quebec Remparts and Chicoutimi Saguenéens.
Jonathan Roy, who attacked and mugged Chicoutimi goaltender Bobby Nadeau, has been suspended for seven games. The Remparts’ second-string goalie is out of the Quebec-Chicoutimi series.
Young Roy can watch the playoff games with his father. Quebec owner/general manager/coach/Sideshow Bob Patrick Roy has been suspended for five games. We await word from the Vatican on whether Saint Patrick has been dropped from the liturgical calendar.
Remparts brawlers Maxime Lacroix and Marc-Olivier Vallerand have been suspended for three and two games, respectively.
Chicoutimi defenceman Sébastien Rioux, who left the penalty box to fight Jonathan Roy after Nadeau had been pummeled, has been suspended six games. His coach, Richard Martel, has drawn a two-game suspension.
Saguenéens’ Charles Antoine Messier drew a two-game suspension for his role in the brawl, while Antoine Roussel is gone for tonight’s game in Quebec City (which will be on RIS).
Each team has been fined $4,000.
Consensus among those who have posted comments to the RDS and La Presse web sites is the Roy suspensions are a joke and further evidence that the Q is not to be taken seriously as a junior hockey league.
The brawl erupted toward the end of the second period in Game 2 of the playoff series, Saturday afternoon at the Chicoutimi arena named in honour of a Canadiens’ goaltending immortal who isn’t an embarrassment, Georges Vézina.
The Saguenéens led 7-1. In the Q, that means square dance time, i.e. swing at your partner.
At the end of the second period last night at the Bell Centre, Canadiens led Ottawa 7-1. History will record that Ray Emery resisted the temptation to attack Carey Price.