Jacques Tanguay did not fall out of his chair when he heard Patrick Roy question his future with the Quebec Remparts. The last season has, according to the president of the Red Devils, "left traces" in the man of hockey.
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Remember that after Wednesday's heartbreaking loss in the final game against the Shawinigan Cataractes, Roy said he was going to allow himself a period of reflection before confirming his return to the helm of the Remparts for the 2022-2023 season. .
“It was a season filled with emotion for Patrick, mentioned Tanguay to the Journal. There were not just the Remparts. There have been several other episodes this season including the process of hiring a general manager with the Montreal Canadiens. It was a fairly cumbersome process that lasted a long time and left its mark not just on Patrick but on hockey fans. We will take the time to discuss together.”
Partner and friend of Roy for 25 years, Tanguay assured Roy that he could take the time he wanted before making an official decision on his future.
“The season ended abruptly. Patrick is not just my lifelong partner but also my trainer and my general manager. I will accompany him as best as possible and let him make his decisions. In the end, his decision will be mine and as I told him yesterday, he can take his time and there is no rush.
In order to explain his reflection, Wednesday evening, Patrick Roy mentioned that he would be back if he still felt that the flame was burning.
I have always said to myself that it is the passion that must be there. If she's there, I'll be there. Otherwise, well … But for now, I just want to think about my future,” he said.
For the president of the Remparts, people do not realize all the workload that Roy has been putting in for years.
“He is there every day, from morning to night. Even if Patrick is a winner of all the trophies including four Stanley Cups, there is a stress related to all that. This year, before the playoffs against Rimouski and Shawinigan, there were issues and the stress lasted hours before the game. There is an incredible intensity and we must not forget that Patrick only has an assistant with him behind the bench.
“I can see all the work and effort he puts in. Some wonder why he is doing this and why he is not taking advantage of him. He's here because it's an incredible passion for him and an incredible challenge."
It remains to be seen if this passion is still present.