Roy Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

The wife of Patrick Roy, the NHL’s winningest goalie, called 911 because she was afraid of what her husband would do as they argued about in-laws, according to a police report today.

Michele Roy was not hurt during the dispute at their home early Sunday, but Roy admitted pulling two bedroom doors off hinges when his wife called Greenwood Village police and then hung up without speaking, the report said.

The somber Colorado Avalanche goalie, accompanied by his parents, sister and brother, stood with his hands clasped behind his back at a brief court appearance today.

The initial hearing was postponed until Nov. 7. Roy remained free on a $750 bail and left by a side door without comment. His wife was absent.

The judge also issued a restraining order that is standard in domestic dispute cases, which requires Roy only to refrain from alcohol and illegal drugs. He is permitted to be in contact with his family and to travel with the team to out-of-state games.

Has Not Been Formally Charged

After the Avalanche’s practice, Roy read a brief statement, noting that he could not comment on his arrest on the advice of his lawyer. He also asked that the public respect his family’s privacy.

“Obviously, this is creating a distraction, and my wish is that this distraction will be over soon,” he said. “I am thankful for the support I am getting from my family and every one of my teammates.”

Teammates Adam Deadmarsh, Ray Bourque and Aaron Miller supported Roy, saying they believe he will remain focused on his work. The team’s next game is at home Wednesday against Nashville.

Lawyer Pamela Mackey, who represents Roy, emphasized after the hearing that Roy has not been formally charged. The 35-year-old goalie was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor criminal mischief and misdemeanor domestic violence counts.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of a year in the county jail and a $1,000 fine on the criminal mischief count. No specific penalty is called for on the domestic violence charge, said a spokesman for the Arapahoe County district attorney’s office.

Officers responded to the 911 hangup call at Roy’s residence, where Michele Roy told them the two had been arguing.

Roy was honored Friday night for winning his 448th game on Tuesday, a 4-3 victory in overtime against the Washington Capitals. He broke the mark set by Terry Sawchuk.