Satisfied with the arrival of his two European players, the Finns Viljami Marjala and Aapo Siivonen, who landed in Quebec on Tuesday evening after weeks of proceedings, the head coach and general manager of the Remparts de Quebec Patrick Roy all the same is sorry to the inertia of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) in this matter.
Scared by the lack of progress, the Remparts de Québec decided to go it alone and use their own resources to attract their two “Euros”. Referred to a Toronto law firm specializing in immigration, the Red Devils managed to obtain work permits for the two hockey players. A strategy similar to that used by the Cataractes of Shawinigan in the case of Vasily Ponomarev and by the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand and Yaroslav Likhachev.
All for “a few thousand dollars”, we have been confirmed.
But the fact remains that Roy would have preferred not to come to this.
“I won’t hide that I am extremely disappointed with the CHL,” he mentioned Wednesday morning. When you do a European draft, you have to have a plan, a vision much bigger than what they have shown. I think the commissioner of the CHL (Dan MacKenzie) is not strong. Really not strong. They should have called in a lobbyist or someone who had a plan and steps taken so that all the teams had their players. ”
The hockey man adds, however, that he has nothing to say about the work of the QMJHL in this entire saga.
“I was in constant communication with Martin Lavallée (the assistant commissioner of the QMJHL) and he did an excellent job. I don’t think our league is responsible. For me, the Canadian League disrespected our circuit. If it had been Ontario, would the players have already arrived or not? We will find out soon enough because they are starting soon. I hope I am wrong. ”
Already Wednesday morning, some formations had contacted the Remparts to learn more about the modus operandi which now allows them to know their two Euros on Quebec soil which are ready to play once their quarantine of 14 days is over.
About this, Roy assured that he had nothing to hide.
“If we can allow other teams to have their players, why not? If it makes our league even better, why not? The goal is to have the best possible competition and the best possible league. ”