MONTREAL - Guy Carbonneau says he and Patrick Roy are still friends even though they were on opposite sides of this week's junior hockey brawl controversy.
Carbonneau, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, is part owner of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, whose goaltender Bobby Nadeau was pummelled by Quebec Remparts back-up goalie Jonathan Roy, son of his team's coach, general manager and part owner, Patrick Roy.
"I always talk to him, especially in the summer for golf, and we always go to the draft together," Carbonneau said Wednesday of his long-standing relationship with Patrick Roy. "My feelings haven't changed with him.
"He's still my friend. It's not because we're rivals that I won't talk to him. I'm kind of anxious to talk to him to see what his reaction was and how he dealt with it."
Roy was suspended for five games and his son for seven over a melee that erupted during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff game Saturday in Chicoutimi.
A police investigation has been opened to determine if criminal charges will be laid for the fracas that has been replayed countless times across the country.
"As an owner, there's always two sides to a story," said Carbonneau. "For us, it's not severe enough and for Quebec, it's a little too much, but the league made its decision and you have to live with it."
Carbonneau and Roy were teammates on the Canadiens in the 1980s and 1990s, winning Stanley Cups together in 1986 and 1993.
But what irked Carbonneau about the incident was that Roy appeared to encourage his son to go after Nadeau, although he has denied that.
"I went to war with him, we won a championship together in a really hard situation, with a lot of pressure, and I never saw him react that way," said Carbonneau. "It's been a while. We got separated in 1993. A lot of things can change, but that's not the man I know.
"He's the only one that really knows what happened. Until he comes out and says what happened, it's anybody's guess."
The Canadiens coach added that in a perfect world, fighting would be eliminated from hockey, but for now, it remains a part of the sport. And he didn't like watching Jonathan Roy pound on Nadeau, who didn't put up a fight.
"For me, when someone doesn't want to fight, he doesn't want to fight," he said. "That's the thing I really didn't like to see.
"The rest of what happened - they're down 7-1, they're trying to change the momentum of the game - that, I didn't have any problem with."