While the focus in late December is usually turned to the World Junior Championships, the Spengler Cup also got underway Boxing Day, an annual tournament in Davos, Switzerland contested mainly between European club teams. However the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League are also taking part in the tournament for the first time since 1996, and it didn't take long for one of their players to make a mark on the tournament.
Frederick Roy, the son of NHL legend Patrick, is playing with the Americans. In 22 league games so far this season, he has 3 points and 83 penalty minutes. Like his father and brother Jonathan—who is remembered mostly for his on-ice assault on Bobby Nadeau during a QMJHL game in 2009—Frederick also has a bit of a quick temper, demonstrated in the video below.
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Roy instigated a fight against Cody Almond, but it was quickly halted by the referee. The player from the Americans, the farm club of the Buffalo Sabres, was escorted off the ice. After being led to the dressing room, he got annoyed and threatened his adversary.
He continued his tantrum into the hallway, and repeated several times he was going to "kill" along with throwing his hockey stick against the wall.
Cody Almond was the muscle on a line with now-NHL star Jamie Benn during the Kelowna Rockets 2009 Memorial Cup run and can probably handle his own in a fight against Roy. Unlike in North American hockey, however, fighting is banned under international rules, and any fighting major also nets a player a game ejection penalty (although in this case the point was moot because time expired during Almond's and Roy's dustup). Roy could probably expect a penalty beyond the ejection, as his conduct leaving the ice is probably not the image the organizers want on display during a celebratory, holiday tournament.
Rochester lost the game 5-0, but have a chance for redemption tomorrow against the Russian KHL league's CSKA Moscow.
As for Team Canada, who typically send a team replete with ex-NHLers who are still hanging around the minors and European leagues, they survived a scare against the Czech league's Vitkovice in their opener. Canada got goals in the third period from Byron Ritchie and Derrick Walser to win 5-4. Both Ritchie and Walser are Team Canada vets, playing on the tournament-winning team a year ago that was bolstered by NHL stars Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Jason Spezza. Without the reinforcements, Canada still had a strong opening game and closed exceptionally strong, out-shooting the Czech opponent 13-6 in the third period and 42-22 overall.
The winning goal off of Walser's stick was a weak shot and a seeing-eye puck, but the Canadians threw a lot of shots at Vitkovice goalie Filip Sindelar. If they had a weakness, it was the occasional giveaway, and goaltender Chris Mason perhaps didn't do a good enough job bailing out the Canadian defencemen off of the odd breakdown. He stopped just 18 of 22 pucks, but wound up with the win. Canadian captain Glen Metropolit, who played 407 NHL games with seven teams before settling in Switzerland, had a goal and an assist, and was named the Best Player of the game for Canada.