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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000


Deportation a possibility for Roy

Besides the obvious embarrassment and humiliation caused to his family and the NHL, Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy could face other sticky issues if convicted on any charges stemming from his arrest for a domestic dispute early Sunday in Denver.

If convicted on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief related to domestic violence, the Canadian citizen could be deported.

A conviction is grounds for deportation, or what the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service calls "removal proceedings," according to Denver INS spokeswoman Nina Muniz.

But Muniz also told Denver's Rocky Mountain News that proceedings are instituted on a case-by-case basis, and Roy would not automatically be deported if convicted. Muniz added that charges alone would not affect Roy's status, and the INS won't get involved unless he is convicted.

Like most foreign players, Roy is a "nonimmigrant" residing in the United States under a work visa used for professional athletes and entertainers. The 35-year-old native of Quebec City has not applied for U.S. citizenship. Roy was traded to the Avalanche from the Canadiens in 1995.

The case is similar to that of Rockies baseball player Pedro Astacio. The pitcher, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, faced deportation this year after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault involving domestic violence.

His estranged, pregnant wife told police he hit her in the right eye. Astacio later withdrew his plea to avoid deportation. A trial is scheduled Nov. 15.

Roy's incident does not appear to have included any physical abuse. Police were told Roy forcibly removed two doors from their hinges during an argument with his wife, who dialed 911 and hung up, and later said she feared what her husband would do.

Honored Friday in Colorado for recently winning an NHL-record 448th regular-season game, Roy posted a $750 cash bond for release after several hours in jail. Roy chose to enter no plea Monday, and an initial hearing was postponed until Nov. 7.

BLACKHAWKS: Chicago named Al MacAdam an assistant coach and fired assistant Don Jackson. MacAdam, 48, was coach of the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League the past three seasons, taking the team to the playoffs twice. MacAdam played in the NHL from 1973-85 for Philadelphia, California, Cleveland, Minnesota and Vancouver. Jackson, 44, was in his first season with the Blackhawks after working as an assistant coach with the Penguins the past three years. The former defenseman completed a 12-year NHL career in 1987.

BLUE JACKETS: Columbus activated center Espen Knutsen from the injured list. Knutsen, 28, broke a finger during a preseason game Sept. 20 and hadn't played since. To make room on the roster, Columbus sent center Ted Drury to Syracuse of the AHL. Drury played in one of the Blue Jackets' first eight games, going scoreless in a 7-1 loss to Los Angeles on Oct. 9. Knutsen was acquired in May from Anaheim in exchange for the Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick in the 2001 draft.

RANGERS: New York recalled defenseman Mike Mottau from Hartford of the AHL and reassigned defenseman Drew Bannister to the minor-league affiliate. Mottau, last season's winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the college player of the year, had one goal and seven assists in seven games with Hartford.

STARS: Dallas activated center Shaun Van Allen from the injured list in time to play the Canucks. Van Allen, who signed as a free agent over the summer, went scoreless in two games before going out with back spasms. He missed five games.

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