Patrick Roy

Roy with the Colorado Avalanche

Patrick Jacques Roy (born October 5, 1965) is a former Canadian ice hockey goaltender. Nicknamed "Saint Patrick," Roy split his professional career between the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, winning two Stanley Cup championships 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.[1] On November 13, 2006, Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[2] He is the only player in NHL history to have won the Conn Smythe Trophy (the award given to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs) three times. 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 number 33 is retired by both the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He is currently the co-owner, general manager, and head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Early lifeEdit

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.[3][4] He became interested in being a hockey goalie when he was seven years old.[4] After playing for the local Sainte-Foy Gouverneurs, he started his professional career with the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League.

NHL careerEdit

Montreal CanadiensEdit

Roy was drafted in the 3rd round, 51st overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, which he disliked, being a fan of the rival Quebec Nordiques.[5] His grandmother, Anna Peacock, who was a big Canadiens fan, died before seeing her grandson being drafted.[6] 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.[5] Roy played for 20 minutes and earned his first NHL win without allowing a goal.[5] After the game, he was sent to the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the American Hockey League. Despite starting as a backup, Roy replaced the starting goaltender after he had equipment troubles during a game.[5] 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.[5]

In the following season, Roy started playing regularly for the Montreal Canadiens. He played 47 games during the regular season and won the starting job for the playoffs, where he emerged as a star,[3] leading his team to an unexpected Stanley Cup title and winning a Conn Smythe Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs.[5] As a 20-year old, he became the youngest Conn Smythe winner ever and was chosen for the NHL All-Rookie Team.[4][7]

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 both 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, the 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.

After the Canadiens lost their first two games to their archrival Quebec Nordiques in the first round series of the 1993 playoffs, a newspaper in Roy's hometown district suggested that he be traded. 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 complete an eleven game post-season winning streak. Roy set a record during the post-season with 10 straight overtime wins, won the Stanley Cup, and was once again 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 seven game series was notable in the eyes of Montreal fans as Roy came down with appendicitis and missed game three. He convinced doctors to let him return for game four and led the Canadiens to a 5-2 victory, stopping 39 shots.[8]

Last game in MontrealEdit

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.[9] 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."[10] 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. 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.[10] This began what would become a long history of problems between Roy and the Detroit Red Wings, which would reach their peak during his time with the Colorado Avalanche. The next day, Roy was suspended by the Canadiens.

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 Colorado Avalanche 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.[11] After the trade, the Canadiens did not have a solid starting goaltender until José Théodore arrived in 2001. Since Le Trade, the Canadiens have won only four playoff series and missed the post-season several times; in contrast, Roy enjoyed great success in Colorado and won two Stanley Cups 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 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, who at the time had been GM for only 40 days, was criticized for making the trade instead of resolving the tension between Roy and Tremblay.

Colorado AvalancheEdit

The same season he was traded to the Avalanche, Roy helped lead the team 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 semi-finals between the Colorado Avalanche and 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 overtime; the Blackhawks ended up winning the game.

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, [2] Template:Cquote

Roy and the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks in 6 games and went on to win the Cup.

Roy was a huge part of the Avalanche/Detroit Red Wings rivalry. 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. The Avalanche and Red Wings met in the playoffs four times after 1996, with both teams winning two series.

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 NHL 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 playEdit

Roy was selected as Team Canada's starting goalie for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He refused to give up a start, even though many people thought backup Martin Brodeur deserved to start in the bronze medal game.[12] Roy played all six games, and Canada failed to win a medal. Roy had a 4-2 record with one shutout.

Post retirementEdit

After retiring from the NHL, Roy joined the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL 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 Quebec 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). Patrick 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 may face assault charges in the matter. Montreal newspaper Le Journal de Montréal reported that Roy later apologized to the victim by telephone.[13][14]

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.[15] On January 25, 2007, Cardinal announced that he removed his complaint against Roy, before Roy made a press conference about his future in the Quebec Remparts, where he announced he will stay coach and co-owner of the team.[16][17]

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 Quebec 7-1, a brawl started and Remparts goaltender Jonathan Roy, who is also Patrick'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.[18][19][20] In late July 2008, Jonathan was charged with assault in Saguenay courts.[21]

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.[22]

On March 17, 2009, Roy's NHL record of 551 career regular season wins was broken by Martin Brodeur.[23]

In May 2009, several unnamed sources reported that Roy was offered the head coaching position with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche.[24] He turned down the position, but has expressed the possibilities of becoming an NHL level coach in the future.

Personal lifeEdit

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 coaches, the Quebec Remparts. 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.[25] 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.[26] Roy and Piuze divorced in early 2006; Roy has not remarried since.[27]

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

Roy was known for superstitious quirks.[28] He never skated on the blue lines, often talked to the net posts, and he never talked to reporters on days in which he was scheduled to play. By refusing to touch the lines in the ice between periods, he had to jump them.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1981–82 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 40 27 23 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
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 22 16 6 2681 131 1 2.93
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 60225 2546 66 2.54
QMJHL totals 159 58 89 3 8856 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
1999–2000 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 MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998 Canada Oly 6 4 2 369 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), career playoff wins (151)and most combined wins – regular season and playoffs (702).

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.[29] 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.[30]

Patrick Roy was named one of the Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes by Men's Fitness.[31]



  • Most NHL playoff games played by a goaltender (247) (second most playoff games of all players).
  • Most combined wins (regular season and playoffs) by an NHL goaltender (702).
  • Most NHL playoff wins by a goaltender (151).
  • Most Conn Smythe Trophy wins (3).
  • Most NHL playoff shutouts (23) – tied with Martin Brodeur.
  • First NHL goalie to play 1,000 NHL games (finished with 1029 games, later passed by Brodeur).


* Shared with Brian Hayward.

See alsoEdit


  1. "hailed as patron saint of stopping pucks". The Hockey News. November 22, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2007. 
  2. "Roy tops 2006 Hall of Fame class". Online. June 2006. Retrieved June 28, 2006. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Encarta. "Patrick Roy". Microsoft. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kravitz, Bob (1986-10-13). "King Of The Kiddie Corps". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Legends of Hockey. "Patrick Roy biography". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  6. Swift, E.M. (1993-06-21). "Saving Grace". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  7. "Patrick Roy profile". NHL. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  8. Patrick Roy (1985-2003)
  9. "Patrick Roy". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-04 29. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Remembering Roy's Career-Changing Game". TSN. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  11. Meagher, John (2005-12-06). "'I've never been back there'". The Gazette. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  12. "Backup battle heats up at Canada camp". Canadian Press. 2005-08-18. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  13. Canoë – Sports – Encore dans l'eau chaude
  14. Patrick Roy facing assault charges
  15. Roy questioning his future in the QMJHL
  16. Affaire Patrick Roy : Le retour de l'entraîneur | Hockey |
  17. Complaint dropped, Roy remains coach
  18. [1]
  19. | Patrick, Jonathan Roy suspended over brawl
  20. Canoë – Sports – Les Roy dans la tourmente
  21. Jonathan Roy charged with assault –
  22. Frederick Roy suspended 15 games –
  23. "Brodeur passes Roy's record as Devils beat Hawks" –
  25. "N.H.L.; Roy Is Charged With Domestic Violence". Associated Press. 2000-10-23. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  26. "Roy cleared of mischief charge". CBC. 2001-02-01. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  27. Roy says no to Avs, will stay in Quebec – The Denver Post
  28. "CBC Sports Online: Top 10: Superstitious athletes". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2005-05-23. 
  29. "Canadiens to Retire Roy's Number at Bell Centre" —
  30. Answer Man: Justin Morneau talks hockey, middle names – Big League Stew – MLB – Yahoo! Sports
  31. Top 10 Most Superstitious Athletes

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