October 5, 1965 |
Quebec City, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
|Played for||Montreal Canadiens
|NHL Draft||51st overall, 1984
|Hall of Fame, 2006|
Patrick Jacques Roy (French pronunciation: [ʁwa]; born October 5, 1965) is the current head coach and vice president of hockey operations of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, and a former Canadian ice hockey goaltender. Nicknamed "Saint Patrick," Roy split his professional career between the Montreal Canadiens, whom he played with for 10 years, and the Colorado Avalanche, whom he played with for 8 years, both of the National Hockey League. Roy won two Stanley Cups with each franchise. 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, in different decades, and for two different teams.
Roy is widely credited with popularising the butterfly style of goaltending, which has since become associated with goalies from Roy's native Quebec. Roy's #33 is retired by the Canadiens and Avalanche. He was the general manager, and head coach - and remains a co-owner - of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Early life 
Roy was born in Quebec City to parents Michel and Barbara (née Miller). He was born the same day as Mario Lemieux, 200 kilometers apart, from Montreal. 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.
NHL career 
Montreal Canadiens (1985–95) 
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. His grandmother Anna Peacock was a big Canadiens fan, but died before seeing her grandson being drafted. 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. Roy played for 20 minutes and earned his first NHL win without allowing a goal. 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. 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.
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, leading his team to an unexpected Stanley Cup title and winning a Conn Smythe Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. As a 20-year old, he became the youngest Conn Smythe winner ever and was chosen for the NHL All-Rookie Team.
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. After the Canadiens lost their first two games to their archrival Quebec Nordiques in the first round series of the 1993 playoffs with Roy letting in soft goals, 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". 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 breakaways during overtime), and three against the Los Angeles Kings in the Finals. He 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 votes behind winner Dominik Hasek and runner-up John Vanbiesbrouck.
"Le Trade" 
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. Roy allowed nine goals on 26 shots (five in the first period, and then another four in the second period), and the crowd jeered him whenever he made an easy save during the second period after the game was already 7-1 in favor of the Red Wings. In response, Roy raised his arms in mock celebration. When coach Mario Tremblay finally pulled Roy in the middle of the second period in favor of Pat Jablonski (who allowed two more goals), Roy stormed past him and told team president Ronald Corey "It's my last game in Montreal." Roy later told the media that despite allowing five goals on 17 shots in the first, Tremblay kept him in net in order to humiliate him. He also said that he would not have demanded a trade if Tremblay had kept him on the bench in the second period. The next day, Roy was suspended by the Canadiens.
Roy and Tremblay reportedly had a lengthy, strained relationship; during his sports radio career, Tremblay often criticized Roy, and when they played together, they would argue during practice. This began what became a long history of problems between Roy and Tremblay, which reached their peak during his time with the Canadiens. Tremblay was hired four games into the 1995–96 season as head coach of the Canadiens although he had no previous coaching experience. The two had almost come to blows in a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as a coach and his first appearance in the dressing room was greeted with snickers from Roy. They almost fought a second time after Tremblay fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice, by which point it was only a matter of time before the hot-tempered Tremblay and his star goalie reached the point of no return.
Four days after the incident, the Canadiens traded Roy and captain Mike Keane (marking a period in which 3 team captains were traded within 16 months) to the Avalanche - the very team that the Nordiques had become at the beginning of the season - in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Ručínský, and Andrei Kovalenko, a deal colloquially known in French as 'Le Trade' in reference to 1988's 'The Trade' of Wayne Gretzky.
In hindsight, the trade was one of the most one-sided deals in NHL history. In 2004, ESPN called Roy's trade to Colorado a steal, and one of the worst moves ever made during the first 25 years of ESPN's existence. Canadiens general manager Réjean Houle at the time had been GM for only 40 days as was Tremblay in his position as head coach, after Corey had fired both head coach Jacques Demers and GM Serge Savard five games into the season. The inexperienced Houle was criticized for making the trade instead of resolving the tension between Roy and Tremblay. Since Le Trade, the Canadiens have won only six playoff series and missed the post-season several times. By contrast, Roy immediately enjoyed great success in Colorado and won two Stanley Cups (including the Cup at the conclusion of the season where he had been traded away from the Canadiens) and two Presidents' Trophies. Montreal Gazette columnist Jack Todd, in reference to other teams that have struggled since making odd personnel decisions, has written numerous times that the Canadiens are under "The Curse of St. Patrick." In the previous season (the lockout-shortened 1994-95), the Canadiens had already been weakened by the trade of John LeClair and Éric Desjardins to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Mark Recchi; as Recchi would be reacquired by the Flyers in the 1998–99 season.
Colorado Avalanche (1996–2003) 
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. He played for Colorado until his retirement in 2003, adding another Cup and capturing a record third Conn Smythe Trophy in 2001.
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 an Avalanche player. 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,
|“||I can't really hear what Jeremy says, because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.||”|
Roy and the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks in 6 and went on to win the 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 despite the Wings having a superior regular season record those years (especially their record 62 wins in 1996). 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. 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 record 19th career playoff shutout in a 4-0 victory. The Avalanche jumped to a three goal lead in Game Seven before conceded 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.
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 
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. 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. 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, denying both Roy and Wayne Gretzky of their 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.
Post retirement 
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.
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. 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.
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. In late July 2008, Jonathan was charged with assault in Saguenay courts.
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.
In May 2009, several unnamed sources reported that Roy was offered the head coaching position with the Avalanche. 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 in 1995.
On May 23rd, 2013 Roy was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche. 
Personal life 
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 team that he owns/coaches, the Quebec Remparts. His son Jonathan has since left hockey to pursue a music career. While playing for the Avalanche, 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. 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. Roy and Piuze divorced in early 2003; Roy has not remarried.
Since the 1980s, Roy has been a significant contributor to the Ronald McDonald House charity.
Roy was known for superstitious quirks. 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.
Career statistics 
Regular season 
|Senior int'l totals||6||4||2||0||369||9||1||1.46||.935|
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. Roy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, in his first year of eligibility.
- His jersey number 30 has been retired by the Granby Bisons.
- His jersey number 33 has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche and the Montreal Canadiens.
- In 1998, he was ranked number 22 on The 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 in The 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) (second 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 1029 games, later passed by Brodeur).
- Most Conn Smythe Trophy wins - 3.
- Calder Cup – with Sherbrooke Canadiens in 1985.
- Stanley Cup — with Montreal Canadiens in 1986, 1993, with 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
- Memorial Cup in 2006 with Quebec Remparts (as Coach)
- The Colorado Avalanche retired Roy's No. 33 jersey on October 23, 2003.
- The Montreal Canadiens retired Roy's No. 33 jersey on November 22, 2008
* Shared with Brian Hayward.
See also 
- "Patrick Roy". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Patrick Roy". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "hailed as patron saint of stopping pucks". The Hockey News. November 22, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
- "Roy tops 2006 Hall of Fame class". CBC.ca/Sports Online. June 2006. Retrieved June 28, 2006.
- DavidEpstein (March 16, 2009). "Painfully hip". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
- Encarta. "Patrick Roy". Microsoft. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- Kravitz, Bob (1986-10-13). "King Of The Kiddie Corps". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- Legends of Hockey. "Patrick Roy biography". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- Swift, E.M. (1993-06-21). "Saving Grace". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- "Patrick Roy profile". NHL. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
- "Patrick Roy (1985-2003)". Hockeygoalies.org. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "Patrick Roy". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-04 29.
- "Remembering Roy's Career-Changing Game". TSN. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- Meagher, John (2005-12-06). "'I've never been back there'". The Gazette. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- "Roenick vs Roy". YouTube. 1988-09-04. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "Roy out of Olympics". CBC News. 2001-11-23.
- Netgraphe inc. (2007-01-21). "Canoë – Sports – Encore dans l'eau chaude". .canoe.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Patrick Roy facing assault charges
- Roy questioning his future in the QMJHL
- "Affaire Patrick Roy : Le retour de l'entraîneur | Hockey". Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Complaint dropped, Roy remains coach
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- "Patrick, Jonathan Roy suspended over brawl". CTV.ca. 2008-03-25. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Netgraphe inc. (2008-03-24). "Canoë – Sports – Les Roy dans la tourmente". .canoe.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "Jonathan Roy charged with assault –". Sportsnet.ca. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Nov 25, 12:02 pm EST. "Frederick Roy suspended 15 games – yahoo.com". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "Sources: Roy has offer to coach Avs". 9news.com. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "Avs name Patrick Roy new head coach". thescore.com. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- "N.H.L.; Roy Is Charged With Domestic Violence". The New York Times. Associated Press. 2000-10-23. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
- "Roy cleared of mischief charge". CBC. 2001-02-01. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- Dater, Adrian (May 16, 2008). "Roy says no to Avs, will stay in Quebec". Denver Post.
- "CBC Sports Online: Top 10: Superstitious athletes". CBC News.
- "Canadiens to Retire Roy's Number at Bell Centre" — TSN.ca
- Brown, David. "Answer Man: Justin Morneau talks hockey, middle names – Big League Stew – MLB – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- Murphy, Ryan. "Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes". Mensfitness.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
Further reading 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Patrick Roy|
- Patrick Roy's player profile at NHL.com
- Patrick Roy's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Genealogy : Patrick Roy
|Head coach of the Colorado Avalanche
|Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1986, 1993, 2001
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1989, 1990, 1992
|Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
1987–89, 1992, 2002
(1987–89 with Brian Hayward)