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Roy says he expects to take flak in latest incident involving offspring

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MONTREAL - Patrick Roy isn't saying much about the latest lengthy hockey suspension handed down to one of his sons but the Hall of Fame goalie acknowledges he expects to take some heat over the incident.

Frederick Roy, one of two sons Roy coaches on the Quebec Remparts, was given a 15-game suspension this week by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for smashing an opponent in the face with a stick.

The suspension comes eight months after his other son - goalie Jonathan Roy - caused a national debate on hockey violence by skating across the ice to beat up on an opponent who didn't want to fight.

Patrick Roy refused to comment Tuesday on Frederick's suspension, saying Remparts brass had agreed not to discuss the matter publicly.

"That's the decision we made as an organization," Roy said. "The denigrators will rake me over the coals, one way or the other."

The latest incident came at a time that should be a proud moment for Roy.

The star goalie earned a five-minute standing ovation from adoring fans as the Montreal Canadiens retired his No. 33 jersey on Saturday. But the same crowd booed as his kids were escorted onto the red carpet for the ceremony honouring their dad.

The incident involving Jonathan Roy prompted Quebec's sports minister to create a committee examining hockey violence. Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper got dragged into the debate. He declined to take political action but expressed dismay at the incident.

Patrick Roy was suspended for five games for apparently encouraging his son during that fight.

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