Most Canadians have now seen the deplorable pictures of the hockey violence in Quebec City when goalie Jonathan Roy, perhaps egged on by his Hall of Fame father, Patrick, skated down the ice and brutally attacked the opposing goal tender who refused to fight back. Jonathan then turned and gave the crowd the finger. Most commentators agree the whole melee was a terrible example to younger players.
Penalties, fines and suspensions were handed out to both teams. Jonathan Roy was suspended for seven games and fined $500. His father’s suspension is for five games.
In view of the mayhem they caused, many viewers feel the punishment for the Roys is far too light. The lead editorial in this morning’s Montreal Gazette says son Jonathan should be suspended for the rest of this season and all of next season to boot. A letter writer in the Gazette says Patrick Roy should be suspended from coaching teen-age boys for life.
Meanwhile, prosecutors have asked the police to prepare a report, and criminal charges are possible. That pleased the Gazette: “Now that the league’s officials have failed to do their jobs, then maybe it’s time for the police to step in and do it for them.”
Do you think the Roys’ punishment is too light?
Should the suspensions be much longer?
Should criminal charges be laid? (Incitement to violence is a crime)