DJ Smith Senators head coach, Roy lives with the Remparts
Patrick Roy will not leave office with the Quebec Remparts. After participating in the hiring process as head coach with the Ottawa Senators, the Red Devil in Chief confirmed Thursday that he would return with the QMJHL club next season.
The Senators, who have been talking with Roy and several candidates over the last few days to find Guy Boucher’s successor, have instead opted for DJ Smith to act as the new NHL club coach. He was Mike Babcock’s assistant in Toronto for the past four seasons.
“Leading an NHL club is a huge privilege for a limited number of people. Recently, I had the chance to meet the Ottawa Senators leaders and I want to thank them for considering my candidacy for the position of head coach, “said Roy in a press release broadcast by Ramparts, Thursday.
After leading the Colorado Avalanche for three seasons, Roy took a break from hockey for two years before returning with the Remparts last season in the dual role he held when he was also the co-owner of the Remparts.
“Today, I confirm that I live with the organization of the Remparts, the team that gave me the taste to return behind the bench and with whom I will continue to perform my duties with all the passion that animates. I wish the Ottawa Senators every success in anticipation of the upcoming season, “added Roy in his respectful statement.
This was the only public exit of the former goalkeeper, who did not give an interview about it. He also wanted to keep for himself the private discussions that took place over the past few days with Senators management.
Roy will be back soon under the spotlight as the QMJHL draft will take place in Quebec City on Saturday, June 8th. The Remparts hold the eighth pick in the first round because of their 11th overall ranking. The Remparts stayed 27-28-7-6 in the first season of Roy’s second pass behind the bench. His club nearly surprised everyone in the first qualifying round, losing in seven games to the Halifax Mooseheads, who have just qualified for the Memorial Cup final.