“As soon as I hear his name in a question, I say ‘next question,”‘ Latendresse said Wednesday after the latest barbs from the former goalie for the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens. “I will act like a man. I’ll leave it to him to act like a child.” Roy had mocked Latendresse Tuesday after Latendresse scored his first goal in 14 games, against the Edmonton Oilers.
Speaking at a news conference for the Quebec Remparts, where Roy is head coach and general manager, Roy said he was happy Latendresse finally connected with the puck.
A few weeks ago, Roy had said the only reason Latendresse is with the Canadiens is because he’s a francophone.
Latendresse is mystified by Roy’s comments.
“I don’t know why he’s acting like that. I’ve never spoken to him.”
When it was suggested that Roy may have liked him for the Remparts, which Roy co-owns, Latendresse said he would have asked his agent to trade him somewhere else.
“He should be delighted by the success of young Quebecers in the NHL instead of making stupid comments,” Latendresse said, pointing out he had gotten a lot of support from his teammates.
At 19 years and 167 days old, Latendresse is the youngest Canadiens player to score a goal since Eric Desjardins scored on the Quebec Nordiques on Nov. 24, 1988.