Quebec government wants to curb hockey fighting, violence

MONTREAL -- The Quebec government is seeking stiff sanctions to curb fighting and violence in hockey, a move inspired in part by the junior brawl in which the son of NHL Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy repeatedly pounded an opponent during a game.

Quebec's minister responsible for sport, Michelle Courchesne, asked Quebec Major Junior Hockey League commissioner Gilles Courteau to form a committee and submit a report containing anti-fighting proposals by June.

Courteau said it is nearly impossible to eliminate fighting from the sport, but harsher sanctions might dissuade players from dropping the gloves. He said the committee will include players, coaches, parents, hockey experts, members of the business community and others.

Both coaches and several players were suspended after last Saturday's melee involving the Quebec Remparts and Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Roy, the Remparts' coach, general manager and part-owner, got five games while his 19-year-old son Jonathan -- a goaltender on the team -- got seven games. Police are trying to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

Friday night, the Remparts and Sagueneens took the ice separately for pregame warmups. Courteau announced earlier Friday that the teams would have separate warmup sessions for the remainder of the series, which Quebec led 3-1.