Patrick Roy

Patrick Jacques Roy(French pronunciation: [ʁwa]; born October 5, 1965) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and the current head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time.Nicknamed "Saint Patrick," Roy split his playing career in the NHL between the Montreal Canadiens , with whom he played for ten years, and the Avalanche, with whom he played for eight years. Roy won four Stanley Cups during his career, two with each franchise. Roy was born in Quebec City , but grew up in Cap-Rouge , Quebec .In 2004, Roy was selected as the greatest goaltender in NHL history by a panel of 41 writers, coupled with a simultaneous fan poll.On November 13, 2006, Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame .He is the only player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (the award given to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs ) three times, the only one to do so in different decades, and the only one to do so for two different teams. Roy's number 33 jersey is retired by both the Canadiens and Avalanche.Roy is widely credited with popularising the butterfly style of goaltending,which has since become the dominant style of goaltending around the world. He has previously served as the general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Roy has been the head coach of the Avalanche since the 2013–14 season , winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach in his inaugural NHL coaching season.

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 Patrick Roy's Early life

He became interested in being a hockey goalie when he was seven years old.After playing for the local Sainte-Foy Gouverneurs, he started his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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 Patrick Roy's Post retirement

Patrick Roy, during a press conference as the head coach of the Quebec Remparts in 2012

After retiring from the NHL, Roy joined the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL as vice president of hockey operations; he also became the owner and general manager , and on September 29, 2005, he was named head coach of the team.

On May 28, 2006, the Remparts won the 2006 Memorial Cup , the top Canadian Hockey League (CHL) tournament, beating the Moncton Wildcats 6–2 in the finals (although the Remparts were only the runner-up in the 2006 QMJHL championship, they were able to participate in the Memorial Cup since the QMJHL champions were the host city—see Memorial Cup, 1983 to present ). Roy is the seventh coach to win the Cup on his rookie year, and the first to do so since Claude Julien with the Hull Olympiques in 1997.

reported that Roy later apologized to the victim via telephone.

He turned down the position, but expressed the possibility of becoming an NHL-level coach at some future date.

In September 2012, Roy started a new chapter in his successful career by becoming a permanent member of the French-Canadian hockey talk showl'Antichambre, where he worked as a hockey analyst. He was reunited on the set with his former head coach, Mario Tremblay , the man in part responsible for his departure from Montreal.

NHL coaching career[edit]

TSN 's Bob McKenzie reported that Roy will have the final say in all hockey matters. Then-Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman retained his post, but was considered the general manager "in name only."At the time, Roy was the only coach in the NHL who has the title or powers of general manager. Before the season started, Avs legend Joe Sakic was hired as executive vice president of hockey operations. Although the title nominally puts him above Roy on the organization chart, Roy and Sakic share most of the duties normally held by a general manager in the NHL.

Roy won his first six games as a rookie coach, coincidentally tying Mario Tremblay, his former coach with whom he had a feuding relationship with, for the most consecutive wins at the beginning of a NHL coaching career.

During the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs , Roy became known as the hero in more than one occasion when he pulled Semyon Varlamov with nearly three minutes remaining in the game. The team would later score to tie it and win it overtime for two of the three times that he pulled the Russian goaltender. Even other coaches in the League, such as the Ducks' Bruce Boudreau, took advantage to Roy's scheme and complimented him for the idea. However, the heavily favored #2 seed Avs did lose in the first round to the #7 seed Minnesota Wild at home in the 7th game.

The following season, the Avs regressed significantly finishing last (7th) in their division for only the second time in the history of the organization.

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 Patrick Roy's Personal life

Roy and Piuze divorced in early 2003; Roy has since not remarried.

Since the 1980s, Roy has been a significant contributor to the Ronald McDonald House charity.

He often talked to the net posts, and he never talked to reporters on days in which he was scheduled to play. He also refused to let his skates touch the red and blue lines on the ice, stepping over them.

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 Patrick Roy's Legacy

In 1989, 1990 and 1992, Roy won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender. He won the Jennings Trophy (fewest goals allowed) in 1987, 1988, 1989 (all shared with Brian Hayward ), 1992 and 2002. He led the NHL in shutouts and goals against average twice, was named a First Team All-Star four times, a Second Team All-Star twice and played in 11 National Hockey League All-Star Games . Roy has also won a record three Conn Smythe Trophies as NHL playoff MVP (1986, 1993 and 2001).

Among the many goaltending NHL records Roy holds are career playoff games played (247) and career playoff wins (151).

Roy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, his first year of eligibility.



  • His jersey number30has been retired by the Granby Bisons .
  • His jersey number33has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche and the Montreal Canadiens .
  • In 1998, he was ranked number 22 onThe Hockey News 'list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players .
  • The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2004.
  • QMJHL Hall of Fame 2004
  • Hockey Hall of Fame inductee 2006.
  • Was ranked #5 inThe Hockey News 'The The Top 60 Since 1967 – The Best Players of the Post Expansion Era.


  • Most NHL playoff games played by a goaltender (247) (third most playoff games of all players).
  • Most NHL playoff wins by a goaltender (151).
  • First NHL goaltender to play 1,000 NHL games (finished with 1,029 games, later passed by Martin Brodeur ).
  • First NHL goaltender to win 500 games.
  • Most Conn Smythe Trophy wins — 3.

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 Patrick Roy's Awards

As a player[edit]

  • Calder Cup — with the Sherbrooke Canadiens in 1985 .
  • Stanley Cup — with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 , 1993 ; with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 , 2001 .
  • Conn Smythe Trophy — 1986 , 1993 , 2001 .
  • William M. Jennings Trophy — 1987 *, 1988 *, 1989 *, 1992 , 2002
  • Vezina Trophy — 1989, 1990 , 1992
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1988 , 1990 , 1991 , 1992 , 1993 , 1994 , 1997 , 1998 , 2001 , 2002 , 2003
  • NHL First All-Star Team — 1989, 1990, 1992, 2002
  • NHL Second All-Star Team — 1988, 1991
  • NHL All-Rookie Team — 1986
  • Trico Goaltending Award — 1989, 1990
  • The Colorado Avalanche retired Roy's number 33 jersey on October 28, 2003.
  • The Montreal Canadiens retired Roy's number 33 jersey on November 22, 2008

* Shared with Brian Hayward .

As a coach[edit]

  • Memorial Cup — with Quebec Remparts in 2006
  • Jack Adams Award — 2014

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 Patrick Roy's See also

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  • List of NHL goaltenders with 300 wins
  • List of NHL players with 1,000 games played

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 Patrick Roy's References

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  21. Patrick Roy facing assault charges
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  24. Complaint dropped, Roy remains coach
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 Patrick Roy's Further reading

  • Roy, Michel (2010),Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else, Wiley & Sons Canada, ISBN   978-0-470-67944-9 

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