Patrick Roy stays as Quebec Remparts coach
Former NHL goalie Patrick Roy said on Thursday he'll stay on as coach and co-owner of the Quebec Remparts junior hockey team.
Royannounced his intention to stay onhours after a rival coach dropped an assault complaint against Roy.
The Hall of Famer had threatened to leave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team last Sunday, after a media storm broke over his alleged involvement in a shoving match with Pierre Cardinal, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens coach.
Cardinal filed an assault complaint with police after his team beat the Quebec Remparts in Chicoutimion Jan. 19. The confrontation with Roy allegedly took place in the parking lot after the game.
On Thursday, Roy said he was relieved to stay on with his team.
"I was shaken up by these events, and I'm still trying to understand what happened," he told reporters at a press conference in Quebec City. "I love my players too much to let them drop."
Roy insists the media storm was unwarranted, and insists he's never sought special treatment because of his status as a former NHL player.
"I've never tried to make myself feel more important than other [junior coaches]. I know my status is different than other coaches, but I don't want to be treated differently. I understand my role in the league, and do not want special treatment," he said in French.
He thanked his fans for a flurry of e-mails, letters and petitions in his support.
"Honestly, I was touched at how many people were behind me. It's nice to have that kind of support."
Roy said he's looking forward to getting back with his players and finish the 2007 season. The Quebec Remparts are the reigning Memorial Cup champions.
Incident sparks rink security review
The incident involving Patrick Roy and Pierre Cardinal has prompted the junior league's commissioner, Gilles Courteau, to ask all 19 league teams to make recommendations on ways to improve security in and outside hockey rinks.
Each team has been asked to craft a plan to reinforce security for players and fans.
The Chicoutimi Saguenéens have taken the leadand created a committee with team members, city and rink representatives to review safety practices at the Centre Georges-Vézina, where the incident took place.