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Patrick Roy
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2006
Patrick Roy 1999.jpg
Born (1965-10-05) October 5, 1965 (age 49)
Quebec City, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Colorado Avalanche
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1984
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1985–2003

Patrick Jacques Roy[1][2] (French pronunciation: ​[ʁwa]; born October 5, 1965) is a Canadian former 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.[3] On November 13, 2006, Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[4] 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, in different decades, and 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,[5] which has since become the dominant style of goaltending around the world. He was the general manager, and head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Roy has been the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche since the 2013-14 season. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach, in 2013-14.

Early life[edit]

Roy was born in Quebec City to parents Michel and Barbara (née Miller). He was born the same day, and same year as Mario Lemieux, 200 kilometers apart, from Montreal.[6] He became interested in being a hockey goalie when he was seven years old.[7] After playing for the local Sainte-Foy Gouverneurs, he started his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League.

NHL career[edit]

Montreal Canadiens (1984–95)[edit]

Roy was drafted in the 3rd round, 51st overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens, which he disliked, being a fan of the rival Quebec Nordiques.[8] His grandmother Anna Peacock was a big Canadiens fan, but died before seeing her grandson being drafted.[9] Roy kept playing for the Granby Bisons, before being called up by the Canadiens. Despite the thoughts that he wasn't going to play, on February 23, 1985, he made his NHL debut when he replaced the Canadiens starting goaltender Doug Soetaert in the third period.[8] Roy played for 20 minutes and earned his first NHL win without allowing a goal.[8] After the game, he was sent to the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the AHL. Despite starting as a backup, Roy replaced Greg Moffet after he had equipment troubles during a game.[8] He got a win, became the starting goaltender for the playoffs and led the team to a Calder Cup championship with ten wins in 13 games.[8]

In the following season, Roy started playing regularly for the Canadiens. He played 47 games during the regular season and won the starting job for the playoffs, where he emerged as a star,[6] leading his team to an unexpected Stanley Cup title and winning a Conn Smythe Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs.[8] As a 20-year old, he became the youngest Conn Smythe winner ever and was chosen for the NHL All-Rookie Team.[7][10]

Nicknamed St. Patrick after the victory, Roy continued playing for the Canadiens, who won the Adams Division in 1987–88 and in 1988–89, when they lost to the Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup Finals. Roy, together with Brian Hayward, won the William M. Jennings Trophy in 1987, 1988 and 1989. In 1989 and 1990, he won the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender in the NHL and was voted for the NHL 1st All-Star Team. In 1991–92, the Canadiens won the Adams Division again, with Roy having a very successful individual year, winning the William M. Jennings Trophy, Vezina Trophy and being selected for the NHL 1st All-Star Team. Despite the successful regular season, the Canadiens were swept in the second round by the Boston Bruins, who stopped their playoff run for the fourth time in five years.

In the 1992-93 season, the Canadiens finished third in their division behind title winner Boston Bruins and a resurgent second place Quebec Nordiques. During the first round of the 1993 playoffs against the archrival Nordiques, Roy was in a goaltending duel against Ron Hextall; Hextall was also a Vezina and Conn Smythe winner with his previous team Philadelphia Flyers when they had several ill-tempered postseason encounters with Roy's Canadiens in the 1980s. The Canadiens lost the first two games of the series with Roy letting in soft goals, and a newspaper in Roy's hometown district suggested that he be traded with the headline "NORDIQUES WIN GAME, BATTLE OF GOALIES" while the subhead added (Quebec goalie Ron) "HEXTALL GETS BETTER OF ROY".[4] Nordiques goaltending coach Dan Bouchard also proclaimed that his team had solved Roy. These comments seemed to fire up Roy, who responded by winning the next four games against the Nordiques, sweeping the Buffalo Sabres in the next round, and winning the first three against the New York Islanders to tie the record of an eleven game playoff winning streak. Roy also set a record with 10 straight playoff overtime wins - two against Quebec, three against Buffalo, two against the New York Islanders (where he denied Benoit Hogue and Pierre Turgeon on breakaways during overtime), and three against the Los Angeles Kings in the Finals. Roy had led his team, which did not have a player that finished in the top ten regular season scoring, to the Stanley Cup championship and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

In 1994, the Canadiens were the defending champions but they were knocked out in the first round by the Boston Bruins. Nonetheless, that 7-game series was notable in the eyes of Montreal fans as Roy came down with appendicitis and missed Game 3. He convinced doctors to let him return for Game 4 and led the Canadiens to a 5-2 victory, stopping 39 shots. Roy was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, finishing third in voting behind winner Dominik Hasek and runner-up John Vanbiesbrouck.[11]

Trade to Colorado[edit]

Four games into the 1995–96 season, Mario Tremblay was hired as the new coach, replacing Jacques Demers. Roy and Tremblay, who had roomed together while playing together, had a notably strained relationship, with Tremblay regularly mocking Roy's English. Roy was a frequent target of Tremblay during the latter's sports radio career.[12] The two had almost come to blows in two incidents in 1995, one at a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as a coach and after Tremblay allegedly fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice.

On December 2, 1995, in his 19th game (and the team's 23rd) of the 1995-96 season, Roy was in net against the Detroit Red Wings during Montreal's worst home game in franchise history, an 11-1 loss.[13] Roy allowed nine goals on 26 shots, which is highly unusual, as star goalies are generally taken out of the game quickly on off-nights.[14] During the second period, the crowd provided mock applause after Roy made an easy save during the second period, prompting Roy to sarcastically raise his arms in mock celebration. When coach Mario Tremblay pulled Roy in the middle of the second period in favor of Pat Jablonski, Roy stormed past him and told team president Ronald Corey, who was sitting behind the bench, "It's my last game in Montreal."[12] The next day, Roy was suspended by the Canadiens.

At the time, Roy told the media that despite allowing five goals on 17 shots in the first, Tremblay kept him in net in order to humiliate him. In later interviews, Roy cited a general distaste with what he thought was a loosening of standards with the team.[15]

Four days after the incident, the Canadiens traded Roy and captain Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Ručínský, and Andrei Kovalenko. The return for Roy was seen as uneven at the time it was made, and eventually became known as one of the most one-sided deals in NHL history. Canadiens general manager Réjean Houle at the time had been GM for only 40 days and faced criticism for making the trade instead of trying to resolve the tension between Roy and Tremblay.[15]

Colorado Avalanche (1996–2003)[edit]

In the 1995–96 season, where he was traded mid-season from the Canadiens, Roy was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy (won by Jim Carey) and helped to backstop the Avalanche (playing their first season since their move from Quebec) to their first Stanley Cup.

In the 1996 Western Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Jeremy Roenick was stopped by Roy on a break-away during OT in Game 4, while apparently being tackled by Avalanche defenceman Sandis Ozolinsh. The referees did not call for a penalty shot on the play and the Avalanche won in triple overtime on Joe Sakic's game-winning goal. Earlier in Game 3, Roenick scored on an unchallenged breakaway to tie the score at 3 and send the game to OT; the Blackhawks ended up winning.

After Game 4, Roenick told the media "It should have been a penalty shot, there's no doubt about it. I like Patrick's quote that he would've stopped me. I'd just want to know where he was in Game 3, probably getting his jock out of the rafters in the United Center maybe." Roy retorted with his now-famous line,[16]

Roy and the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks in 6 and went on to win the Cup. Roenick never won a Stanley Cup.

Roy was a huge part of the Avalanche–Red Wings rivalry, which also involved players Adam Foote and Brendan Shanahan, among others. The Avalanche and Red Wings met in the playoffs five times from 1996 to 2002, with the Avs winning in 1996, 1999, and 2000, and the Wings winning in 1997, and 2002. The heated competition between both teams started with the infamous December 2, 1995 game in Montreal which was an 11–1 loss to Detroit that resulted in Roy's mid-season trade to Colorado on December 6, and it was in that season's 1996 Conference Finals that Roy helped his new team eliminate first place Detroit (considered by some as a measure of atonement for the December 2 game in Montreal). During the Red Wings-Avalanche brawl in 1997, he fought Wings goalie Mike Vernon. The next season, he fought another Red Wings goalie, Chris Osgood. In what would be Roy's final playoff meeting with Detroit, he was pulled after allowing six goals in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals, a game Detroit won 7–0 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 2000–2001, Roy's Avalanche won the President's Trophy for the best regular season record. In the playoffs his team advanced to the Finals where they faced the defending champions New Jersey Devils who were backstopped by Martin Brodeur, a star netminder who as a youngster had idolized Roy. In Game Four, while playing the puck behind his own net, Roy could not make a clearing pass, allowing the Devils to score into an empty net to tie the game.[5] Roy had his worst game of the Finals in a 4–1 loss during Game Five which gave the Devils a 3–2 series lead, but rebounded in Game Six by stopping 24 shots for his then-record 19th career playoff shutout in a 4–0 victory. The Avalanche jumped to a three goal lead in Game Seven before conceding one consolation goal to win their second Stanley Cup. Roy was named playoff MVP for the third time in his career, an NHL record. Roy has said that he and his teammates had wanted to win it for Ray Bourque who finally got his Cup after 22 seasons; Bourque who had previously played 21 seasons with the Boston Bruins had numerous playoff encounters against Roy when he was with the Canadiens.[6]

His final game was played against the Minnesota Wild on April 22, 2003, in a game seven overtime loss in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

At the May 28, 2003 press conference to announce his retirement, Roy was asked by a reporter which NHL player he feared the most when playing. Roy replied that there was no one he feared when playing, but that Cam Neely had given him some trouble.

International play[edit]

Roy was selected as Team Canada's starting goalie for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Roy played all six games, but Canada failed to win a medal after a shootout loss to Dominik Hasek and the Czech Republic in the semi-final.[17] Roy and Hasek both had save percentages above 0.950 going into the game and regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. After a scoreless overtime, the Czechs beat Canada 1-0 in the tiebreaker shootout.[17] After the loss, their first of the tournament, the Canadians could not regain momentum for the Bronze Medal Game and lost 3-2 to Finland,[17] denying Roy his only chance at an Olympic Medal. Roy had a 4-2 record with one shutout while averaging 1.46 goals against per game and stopping 93.5% of shots faced.

Roy declined the opportunity to play for Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics before the selection took place.[18]

Post retirement[edit]

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 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as vice president of hockey operations. He is also owner and general manager. On September 29, 2005, he was also named head coach of the team.

On May 28, 2006, the Remparts won the Memorial Cup (top Canadian Hockey League 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 7th coach to win the cup on his rookie year, and the first to do so since Claude Julien with the Hull Olympiques in 1997.

On January 19, 2007, Saguenay Police investigated an incident involving Roy and co-owner of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Pierre Cardinal. There were reports that Roy threw punches at the co-owner after he intervened in order to disperse a crowd of hockey fans that were blocking the Remparts bus after a game between the two clubs. A complaint for assault had been filed against Roy who faced possible assault charges in the matter. Montreal newspaper Le Journal de Montréal reported that Roy later apologized to the victim by telephone.[19][20]

In a press conference following a Remparts game on January 21, 2007, Roy said that he was "suffering prejudice on the part of the media" and believed that he was not guilty of the incident. He then questioned his future as head coach and co-owner of the team, even considering resigning from his duties.[21] On January 25, 2007, Cardinal announced that he removed his complaint against Roy, before Roy made a press conference about his future in the Remparts, where he announced he will stay coach and co-owner of the team.[22][23]

On March 22, 2008, in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Roy was involved in another on-ice incident during Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the rival Saguenéens. Late in the second period, in which the Saguenéens were leading 7-1, a brawl started and Remparts goaltender Jonathan Roy, who is also Patrick Roy's son, charged towards opposing goaltender Bobby Nadeau. Roy hit Nadeau numerous times despite the other goalie indicating he didn't want to fight. After knocking Nadeau down, Roy continued to hit him. Roy fought a second Saguenéens player, then skated off the ice while holding both middle fingers up to the crowd. Coach Roy denied inciting his son to fight even though cameras showed Roy making a gesture towards his son while he was advancing towards Nadeau. After investigation by the league office, Jonathan was suspended for seven games and fined $500 while Patrick was suspended for five games and fined $4,000. The Quebec Ministry of Public Safety has launched a police investigation into the matter.[24][25][26] In late July 2008, Jonathan was charged with assault in Saguenay courts.[27]

On November 21, 2008, Roy's other son found trouble playing for the Remparts, when centre Frederick Roy cross-checked an opponent in the head after a stoppage in play, Frederick was ultimately suspended 15 games by the QMJHL for that incident, which occurred the night before Patrick Roy's jersey retirement ceremony in Montreal.[28]

In May 2009, several unnamed sources reported that Roy was offered the head coaching position with the Avalanche.[29] 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 show l'Antichambre where he works as 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]

On May 23, 2013, Roy was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche.[30] TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Roy will have the final say in all hockey matters. Current Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman retained his post, but is now general manager "in name only."[31] He is the only coach in the NHL who has the title or powers of general manager. Before the season started, Sakic was hired as executive vice president of hockey operations. Although this 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's first regular season game with the Colorado Avalanche as coach was the home opener on October 2, 2013, a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks where Roy got into a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and nearly broke the partition separating the benches.[32] 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.[33]

In the 2013-2014 season, Colorado racked up 112 points, won the Central Division title, tied a franchise record with 52 wins, posted the NHL's best road record (26-11-4), and had zero regulation losses when leading after two periods (35-0-3). Roy was therefore named a finalist, and did win the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year.[34] [35]

During the 2014 NHL playoffs Roy became known as the hero in more than one occasion when he pulled Semyon Varlamov with nearly 3 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 had done that. Even other coaches in the league such as Bruce Boudreau took advantage to Roy's scheme and complimented him for the idea.

Personal life[edit]

Patrick Roy married Michèle Piuze on June 9, 1990. They have three children: Jonathan, Frederick and Jana. His sons, Frederick and Jonathan, played for the Quebec Remparts during Roy's tenure as head coach of the team. His son Jonathan has since left hockey to pursue a music career. While playing for the Avalanche, Patrick Roy was arrested for domestic violence on Sunday, October 22, 2000, and was released on $750 bail. Roy and his wife were in an argument, and his wife made a hangup call to 911. Police found physical damage to the house and took Roy into custody.[36] Roy was later cleared of all charges when the presiding judge dismissed the case, citing it did not meet the standard for criminal mischief in a case of domestic violence.[37] Roy and Piuze divorced in early 2003; Roy has not remarried.[38]

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

Roy was known for superstitious quirks.[39] 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.

During his time with the Canadiens, Roy was long considered "the Habs franchise" back in the late 1980s and 1990s until his trade to Colorado.[40]

Career playing statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1981–82 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 40 27 3 10 2400 156 3 2.63
1982–83 Granby Bisons QMJHL 54 13 35 1 2808 293 0 6.26
1983–84 Granby Bisons QMJHL 61 29 29 1 3585 265 0 4.44
1984–85 Granby Bisons QMJHL 44 16 25 1 2463 228 0 5.55
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 1 0 0 20 0 0 0.00 1.000
1984–85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 1 1 0 0 60 4 0 4.00 .852
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 23 18 3 2649 148 1 3.35 .875
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 22 16 6 2681 131 1 2.93 .892
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 45 23 12 9 2582 125 3 2.90 .900
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 33 5 6 2743 113 4 2.47 .908
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 31 16 5 3173 134 3 2.53 .912
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 25 15 6 2835 128 1 2.71 .906
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 36 22 8 3934 155 5 2.36 .914
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 31 25 5 3594 192 2 3.20 .894
1993–94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 35 17 11 3867 161 7 2.50 .918
1994–95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 43 17 20 6 2566 127 1 2.97 .906
1995–96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 12 9 1 1260 62 1 2.95 .907
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 39 22 15 1 2305 103 1 2.68 .909
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 38 15 7 3697 143 7 2.32 .923
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 65 31 19 13 3835 153 4 2.39 .916
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 61 32 19 8 3648 139 5 2.29 .917
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 32 21 8 3704 141 2 2.28 .914
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 40 13 7 3584 132 4 2.21 .913
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 32 23 8 3773 122 9 1.94 .925
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 35 15 13 3768 137 5 2.18 .920
NHL totals 1029 551 315 131 60,225 2546 66 2.54 .912
QMJHL totals 159 58 89 3 8,856 786 0 5.33


Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1981–82 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 2 2 0 114 2 1 1.05
1983–84 Granby Bisons QMJHL 4 0 4 244 22 0 5.41
1984–85 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 13 10 3 769 37 0 2.89
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 15 5 1215 39 1 1.93
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 4 2 330 22 0 4.00
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 3 4 428 24 0 3.36 .889
1988–89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 13 6 1206 42 2 2.09 .920
1989–90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 5 6 640 26 1 2.43 .911
1990–91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 7 5 785 40 0 3.06 .898
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 4 7 685 30 1 2.63 .904
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 16 4 1293 46 0 2.13 .929
1993–94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 3 3 374 16 0 2.56 .930
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 16 6 1453 51 3 2.10 .921
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 10 7 1033 38 3 2.21 .932
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7 3 4 429 18 0 2.51 .906
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 19 11 8 1173 52 1 2.66 .920
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 17 11 6 1039 31 3 1.79 .928
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 23 16 7 1450 41 4 1.70 .934
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 11 10 1241 52 3 2.51 .909
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 7 3 4 423 16 1 2.27 .910
NHL totals 247 151 94 15205 584 23 2.30


Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998 Canada Oly 6 4 2 0 369 9 1 1.46 .935
Senior int'l totals 6 4 2 0 369 9 1 1.46 .935

Career coaching statistics[edit]


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost OT/SO Points Finish Won Lost Result
Colorado Avalanche 2013-14 82 52 22 8 112 1st in Central Division 3 4 Lost in Round 1


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost OT/SO Points Finish Result
Quebec Remparts 2005-06 65 51 12 2 106 1st in Western Division Lost in Finals
Quebec Remparts 2006-07 70 37 28 5 79 5th in Western Division Lost in Round 1
Quebec Remparts 2007-08 70 38 28 4 80 5th in Western Division Lost in Round 2
Quebec Remparts 2008-09 68 49 16 3 101 1st in Eastern Division Lost in Round 3
Quebec Remparts 2009-10 68 41 20 7 89 1st in Eastern Division Lost in Round 2
Quebec Remparts 2010-11 68 48 16 4 100 1st in Eastern Division Lost in Round 3
Quebec Remparts 2011-12 68 43 18 7 93 3rd in Eastern Division Lost in Round 2
Quebec Remparts 2012-13 68 42 21 5 89 3rd in Eastern Division Lost in Round 2


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 league 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 eleven 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). The Avalanche retired Roy's #33 jersey on October 28, 2003, while the Montreal Canadiens retired Roy's #33 on November 22, 2008. This makes Roy the sixth NHL player to have his number retired by two different organizations. At the news conference announcing Roy's jersey retirement, Roy stated that it was time for him to move on in regards to what happened in 1995, and that he hoped the Canadiens would do the same.[41] Roy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, in his first year of eligibility.

British Columbia-born baseball player and former American League MVP Justin Morneau wears #33 in tribute to Roy.[42]

Patrick Roy was named one of the Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes by Men's Fitness.[43]



  • 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 goalie to play 1,000 NHL games (finished with 1,029 games, later passed by Martin Brodeur).
  • Most Conn Smythe Trophy wins - 3.


As a player[edit]

* Shared with Brian Hayward.

As a coach[edit]

See also[edit]


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  19. ^ Netgraphe inc. (2007-01-21). "Canoë – Sports – Encore dans l'eau chaude". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  20. ^ Patrick Roy facing assault charges
  21. ^ Roy questioning his future in the QMJHL
  22. ^ "Affaire Patrick Roy : Le retour de l'entraîneur | Hockey". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  23. ^ Complaint dropped, Roy remains coach
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  28. ^ Nov 25, 12:02 pm EST. "Frederick Roy suspended 15 games –". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
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  30. ^ "Avs name Patrick Roy new head coach". 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
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  33. ^ "Patrick Roy goes for record and other thoughts on a busy NHL night". USA Today. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  34. ^ "Patrick Roy Named a Finalist for the Jack Adams Award". 
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  41. ^ "Canadiens to Retire Roy's Number at Bell Centre" —
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  43. ^ Murphy, Ryan. "Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 

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Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Mario Lemieux
Scott Stevens
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
Succeeded by
Ron Hextall
Brian Leetch
Nicklas Lidström
Preceded by
Grant Fuhr
Ed Belfour
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1989, 1990
Succeeded by
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
Preceded by
Bob Froese, Darren Jensen
Ed Belfour
Dominik Hašek
Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
19871989 (with Brian Hayward)
Succeeded by
Andy Moog, Réjean Lemelin
Ed Belfour
Martin Brodeur, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche
Preceded by
Joe Sacco
Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
Succeeded by