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A Beat Down? Quebec Government May Impose Rules on Fighting and Violence in Hockey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 29 March 2008 05:44

Jonathan Roy fightFollowing in the wake of a brawl at a junior hockey game between the Quebec Remparts and Chicoutimi Sagueneens, the Quebec government is considering instituting still rules in an attempt to minimize violence and fighting.

The move by the government comes after a game in which Jonathan Roy, the son NHL Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy was urged by his father to engage in going after the opposing goalie and beating him repeatedly. As reported by The AP:

Quebec’s minister responsible for sport, Michelle Courchesne, asked Quebec Major Junior Hockey League commissioner Gilles Courteau to form a committee and submit a report containing anti-fighting proposals by June.

Courteau said it is nearly impossible to eliminate fighting from the sport, but harsher sanctions might dissuade players from dropping the gloves. He said the committee will include players, coaches, parents, hockey experts, members of the business community and others.

Patrick Roy, who is the coach and GM of the Remparts was suspended for five games. His son received a seven game suspension. Is this the end of the story? Police are looking into whether criminal charges might be brought up.


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