Stephanie Myles, CanWest News Service
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007
MONTREAL - Quebec Remparts co-owner and head coach Patrick Roy made himself scarce Monday in Quebec City, lending some credence to the notion he is seriously considering getting out of the junior hockey business in the wake of his club's well-publicized incident after a game in Chicoutimi Friday night.
Monday, Roy's partner, Jacques Tanguay, stood firmly behind his close friend, declaring in a television interview that if Roy goes, he goes, and the very successful Remparts Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise will change hands.
''We're in it for the fun and the passion and we've always said that if it's no fun any more, we'd be out of there,'' Tanguay told French-language news network LCN.
Roy, shaken by the incident, said last weekend he would take a week to reflect on his future.
The Remparts' next game is Friday against Baie Comeau.
Tanguay, whose family owns a chain of electronics/appliances stores, is a major mover and shaker on the Quebec City sports scene. The Remparts average close to 10,000 fans a game at the Colisee Pepsi and are the reigning Memorial Cup champions.
This season, with 20 games left in the regular season, Quebec is tied for fourth in its division.