It is out of passion for hockey, but also for his core of players that he has seen grow and all his acolytes within the organization that Patrick Roy has decided to return behind the bench of the Quebec Remparts for another season. .
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Devastated the night of his team’s heartbreaking elimination by the Shawinigan Cataractes a month ago, the head coach and general manager of the Remparts began to reflect on his future with the junior club.
At that time, Roy estimated at 50% his chances of returning to his position as an instructor for a 12e saison.
“I had a good two weeks of doubt,” he said Monday in a press conference held at the Videotron Center.
“I saw black after the game, admitted the former goalkeeper of the Canadian. I didn’t cry often after games. Even when I retired, I didn’t shed any tears. But after this defeat, I was sad. »
This month-long break, which was punctuated by a trip, allowed Roy to realize that he would not be able to “let the guys down”.
“Guys” are of course his players. Athletes that he drafted, that he saw grow up and who are now reaching maturity. A group he considers “special”.
But it is also all those who surround him at the Remparts for several years, he mentioned.
“There is a side of me that has always been very loyal. Some think I’m a one man show, but I’m far from it, pointed out the coach. I work a lot in a team, I consult people around me, I like working with my coaching staff. »
One campaign at a time
Over the past few weeks, Roy also says he realized “that with the players we have in place, my passion [pour le hockey] is still there”.
But he does not yet know how long he will want to stay in office. So, the former number 33 says he’s taking the seasons “one by one” from now.
And this, even if he says with a smile in his voice that he “still loves Remparts” and that he dreams of seeing this team win, especially for the supporters of Quebec “who deserve it”.
“The years go by, unfortunately, added Roy, who is now 56 years old. So I’ll see how I feel at the end of the next one. »
“Here, it’s not like coach in the professional circuits, recalled Jacques Tanguay. It’s taking the bus to [dans les Maritimes]. A man like Patrick, he has great sacrifices to make in terms of quality of life to obtain compensation, that of supervising young people, his players, to give them back what he has experienced. »
At the end of his reflection, Patrick Roy did not call Jacques Tanguay one fine morning to tell him that he still wanted to train the Remparts.
It is particularly through discussions with its president that Roy has progressed.
“We talk to each other every night,” he said. At one point he started to catch me saying, “We’re going to do such a deal, such a deal.” »
“When he started talking to me about the draft, I understood that he was going to come back,” added Mr. Tanguay with a laugh.
Despite this return, the resentment that inhabited him on the evening of June 1, after seeing his players lose 5 to 3 against the Cataractes, is still present.
This evil, it concerned the arbitration, he explains. In particular the penalty imposed on Vsevolod Komarov with 1 min 9 s to go, which led to the winning goal for Shawinigan.
“I still enjoy coming to the arena. It’s more the defeat, the way it happened. I do not hide that the side of arbitration bothers me a lot. Not just with the Remparts, but with other teams. »
“It is clear that we need a change in our league. We may need a new voice [par rapport à l’arbitrage]. It’s hard to keep that inside sometimes. »
Several NHL coaches have changed addresses in recent weeks, but Patrick Roy said Monday he had not been in contact with any team.