SAGUENAY, Que. — The son of NHL hockey legend Patrick Roy will stand trial for assault next month after a judge rejected an effort to have the case dismissed Tuesday.
Jonathan Roy will stand trial for the on-ice beating he delivered in 2008 to an opposing goalie in Quebec’s major junior league.
Roy — a former goalie with the Quebec Remparts who now sings in a pop band — had been trying to get the case tossed out. That motion was rejected Tuesday by Quebec court judge Valmont Beaulieu.
Beaulieu’s ruling of more than 60 pages means the young man will stand trial Oct. 7 for the pummeling administered last year to rival goalie Bobby Nadeau.
In a scene that prompted a national debate on violence in hockey, one even Prime Minister Stephen Harper weighed into, Roy skated across the ice and rained blows down on his opponent.
Roy’s lawyer argued that he was targeted by prosecutors just because of his famous family name — the victim of a biased police investigation and improper application of prosecution guidelines.
He argued that the Crown went after Roy on the basis of new provincial rules that hadn’t even been in place when the attack occurred.