A few days after interviewing for the Ottawa Senators' head coaching position, Patrick Roy confirmed on Thursday that he will be returning to the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts.

"Leading a National Hockey League club is a huge privilege for a limited number of people," he said in a news release. "Recently, I had the chance to meet the Ottawa Senators and I want to thank them for considering my candidacy for the position of head coach."

The Senators announced on Thursday morning that the team has hired Toronto Maple Leafs assistant D.J. Smith for the position.

Roy was one of at least seven names believed to be in contention for the Ottawa job, along with Smith, former Senators coaches Jacques Martin and Rick Bowness, Troy Mann, Nate Leaman and interim head coach Marc Crawford.