Quebec Remparts goalie Jonathan Roy was suspended for seven games, and Remparts coach Patrick Roy — Jonathan's father — was suspended for five games following Saturday's melee between their team and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff.
Let's face it, this story wouldn't have made national news three days in a row if not for the names involved. Junior hockey's not often even on the radar here in Toronto, and certainly not the QMJHL, and the fact this is a story that's drawn so much attention really speaks to Roy's star power.
And that attention, in my opinion, also led to larger suspensions than we would have seen otherwise.
The other thing to keep in mind here, something I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, is that Jonathan Roy's far from a goon. He has six career penalty minutes and has never been involved in anything like this before.
In any event, my guess is there'll be a lot more attention paid to tonight's Remparts-Sagueneens matchup than there was the past two.
Colby Cosh has more at the National Post:
An attack on an unwilling bystander, however, is ordinary assault, no different in nature than it would be on the street. Being jumped and pummelled when you are threatening no aggression is absent from the list of risks that one voluntarily accepts as a hockey goaltender..