Passionate about hockey, but also his core of players he’s seen growing and all his acolytes within the organization, Patrick Roy has decided to return behind the Quebec Remparts bench for another season.
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Devastated on the night of his team’s heartbreaking exit from the Shawinigan Cataractes a month ago, the Remparts head coach and general manager began to consider his future at the junior club.
At the time, Roy estimated his chances of returning to his position as Instructor for 12 at 50%e Season.
“I had doubts for a good two weeks,” he said Monday at a press conference at the Videotron Center.
“I saw black after that Game, admitted the Canadian’s former goalkeeper. I didn’t often cry after games. Even when I retired, I didn’t shed any tears. But after this defeat I was sad. »
That month-long hiatus, punctuated by travel, made Roy realize he wouldn’t be able to “let the boys down”.
“Guys” are of course his players. Athletes that he designed, that he saw growing up and are now reaching maturity. A group he considers “special”.
But it’s also all those who have surrounded him at the Remparts for several years, he said.
“There’s a side of me that’s always been very loyal. Some think I’m a one man show, but I’m far from it, stressed the coach. I work a lot in a team, I advise the people around me, I like working with my coaching staff. »
One campaign after another
Roy says he’s also noticed in the past few weeks, “that with the players we have, that’s my passion [pour le hockey] is still here”.
However, he does not yet know how long he intends to remain in office. So the former No. 33 says he’s taking the seasons “one at a time” from now on.
And that’s despite saying with a smile in his voice that he “still loves Remparts” and that he dreams of seeing this team win, especially for the Quebec supporters “who deserve it”.
“Unfortunately, the years go by,” added Roy, who is now 56. So I’ll see how I feel at the end of the next one. »
“It’s not like that here Coach in professional circles, Jacques Tanguay recalled. It goes to by bus [dans les Maritimes]. A man like Patrick has to make big sacrifices in terms of quality of life, to get compensation, to look after the youth, his players, to give back to them what he has experienced. »
At the end of his reflections, Patrick Roy did not call Jacques Tanguay one fine morning to tell him that he still wanted to train the Remparts.
Roy has made progress primarily through discussions with his president.
“We talk to each other every night,” he says. Eventually he started catching me saying, “We’re going to make a deal like this, a deal like this.”
“Once he started talking to me about the draft, I knew he would come back,” added Mr. Tanguay, laughing.
Despite this return, the resentment he felt on the evening of January 1stah June, after seeing his players lose to the Cataractes 5 to 3, is still present.
This evil affected the arbitration process, he explains. Notably, the penalty taken against Vsevolod Komarov with 1min 9s left which resulted in Shawinigan’s winning goal.
“I still enjoy coming to the arena. It’s more the defeat as it happened. I don’t hide that the arbitration side bothers me a lot. Not only with the Remparts, but also with other teams. »
“It is clear that we need a change in our league. Maybe we need a new voice [par rapport à l’arbitrage]. It’s hard to keep that to yourself sometimes. »
Several NHL coaches have changed addresses in recent weeks, but Patrick Roy said Monday he hasn’t been in touch with any teams.