Â• Hall of Fame goalie and Quebec City Remparts coach Patrick Roy’s recent brush with the law Â– he stands accused of shoving a representative of an opposing Quebec Major Junior League team Friday night Â– is one he hardly deserves blame for.
Roy might be famous for his hair-trigger temper, but from eyewitness and police accounts, he was simply trying to protect his players from an unruly mob of 50-odd Chicoutimi Sagueneens fans who wouldn’t let the Remparts leave the arena on the team bus. If visiting QMJHL teams can’t be assured of total security, the league, and in this case, the Sagueneens, are equally at fault. Roy was only living up to the promise every coach makes to a family when he chooses their child to play for his team.
Â• Add the Bruins to the list of teams ready for a roster shakeup. General Manager Peter Chiarelli told Boston Globe columnist Kevin Paul Dupont he is ready to wheel and deal.
Â“I would expect so,Â” Chiarelli said, Â“and within the next one or two weeks.Â”
Naturally, the GM wouldn’t identify players he wouldn’t mind parting with. However, if you’re thinking of purchasing a Brad Stuart Bruins jersey in the next little while, I’d hold off a little while longer.
Â• Normally, I can watch a typical mainstream action film and not get upset about minor cinematic nuisances such as lack of plot continuity, cornball writing and utter rejections of the laws of physics. (Transporter 2 remains a notable exception. God, I hate that movie.)
But I saw The Protector, featuring new-ish action star Tony Jaa, this weekend. And though the diminutive Thai actor is as technically skilled as martial arts gurus get, I’ll never watch another of his films without thinking of this line:
Â“You killed my fatherÂ…and stole my elephant!Â”
Classic. For all the wrong reasons.