The son of former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy is training a lot these days, but not on the ice.
Jonathan Roy is getting ready for his musical debut with the launch of his first album, titled What I’ve Become.
The goalie for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, who faces a trial this summer in connection with a nasty hockey brawl, is putting his soft side forward as singer-songwriter.
The 13 soft-rock. radio-friendly songs, all written by Roy, talk about love and relationships in a confidential tone.
“I’ve always wanted to write music and this is really who I am,” Roy, 20, said in an interview.
He started to play music growing up in Colorado, where his father played for the Avalanche, and he has never really stopped.
“I write about stuff that happened to me or to people I know and that really touch me,” he added.
Roy even wrote a song called All Because of Me that makes a veiled reference to the controversy surrounding the on-ice fight that made him infamous.
Last year, Roy delivered a pounding to opposing goalie Bobby Nadeau of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens at the end of a game. The footage was shown across the globe and sparked calls to restrict violence in junior hockey.
Roy now agrees with his critics about hockey fights.
“I gave it a lot of thought and now I think that fighting in hockey is over. Back in the day, everybody wanted to see fights and rough hockey. Nowadays, people want to see goals, big saves and nice plays,” Roy noted.
“If what I did can help and put us in that direction, I’ll be happy,” he added.
Roy wants to put the on-ice incident behind him, but before he does so, he’ll have to come back in court in Saguenay, Que., for his assault trial on July 13.
“I’ll deal with that in July,” Roy said, “but in the meantime I want to put the focus on my music.”
Roy, who has always studied in English in the United States and in Quebec, finds himself in an odd position in his home province where French is the predominant language.
“I don’t know how to read or write in French since I never went to French school,” said Roy, who has been living in Quebec City, where the Remparts team is based, for several years now.
“I’m not speaking a lot in English here so now I’m losing my English, but my French is getting better,” he noted, adding he is taking private lessons to improve his French and eventually write an album in French.
Roy will spend the summer promoting his new album at festivals and shows in Quebec. But with the fall will come the tough decision of choosing between his music or his hockey career.
“I’ve played hockey for so long that it’s hard to let go,” he said, “but I really hope I can make a career in music.”
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