Patrick Roy's son pleads guilty in assault case
Denver Post staff and wire services
Posted: 10/08/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 10/08/2009 08:23:48 AM MDT
SAGUENAY, Quebec — The son of former Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy pleaded guilty to assault Wednesday for an on-ice beating that sparked a nationwide debate in Canada about violence in hockey.
In addition to the guilty plea, Jonathan Roy offered a $5,000 check to charity. A judge granted Roy absolute discharge, meaning the former goalie will have no criminal record. It also allows the budding singer to pursue a musical career in the United States.
Quebec court Judge Valmont Beaulieu handed down his sentence a few hours after the 20-year-old Roy caught people off-guard by pleading guilty as his two-day trial was set to begin.
Hall of Famer Patrick Roy was coaching behind the bench when his son, a goalie with the Quebec Remparts, skated across the rink during a junior game in March 2008 to pummel an opposing goalie.
"I assume total responsibility for what I did," Roy told the court. "I lacked an enormous amount of judgment and I regret it. What I did had nothing to do with hockey. I stepped over the line. . . . My parents have been deeply affected, especially my mother. I don't think she's recovered yet from the beating Dad gave her last night."
That's just ridiculous how he goes after the other goalie.