I got home from work and saw this article from CBC Sports. I suppose he deserves it, although he’s in my bad books right now. Somehow I can’t shake the notion that he bailed out on the Habs when the going got tough. I’m also not impressed about the brawl he and his son were involved in.
But he was a great goalie and probably deserves his sweater retired, both in Montreal and Colorado. The big fear I have, however, is that he’ll end up coaching in Montreal some day. This doesn’t sit well with me at all.
Actually, it scares me.
The Montreal Canadiens plan to honour goaltending legend Patrick Roy by retiring his No. 33 jersey in November, according to a Montreal newspaper.
Roy, 42, told La Presse, that he had no knowledge of the report, which originated in the same French-language newspaper.
The Canadiens refused to comment on the story.
The honour would be a part of the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary celebrations and would recognize the hall-of-fame goalie despite his bitter split with the team in 1995.
Roy was named Montreal’s starting goaltender for the 1985-’86 season with just 20 minutes of NHL experience under his belt.
But he thrived in the role, leading the Habs into the playoffs and, after posting 15 victories and a 1.92 goals-against average, the Canadiens captured the Stanley Cup. Roy won the Conn Smythe Trophy that post-season as the most valuable player.
He displayed a similar level of dominance for Montreal in the spring of 1993, winning 10 straight overtime games against just one loss in extra time as he captured his second Stanley Cup. His post-season record that year was 16-4 with a 2.13 GAA.
But the end of his time in Montreal came shortly after a loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2, 1995. Roy was left in net for nine goals and after he was finally pulled, he stormed past head coach Mario Tremblay and confronted team president Ronald Corey.
“It’s my last game in Montreal,” he said.
Roy, the 51st player and third goalie chosen by the Canadiens in the 1984 draft, was traded just days later to the Colorado Avalanche, where he went on to win two more Stanley Cups.
The native of Sainte Foy, Que., retired after the 2002-03 season, leaving the game with a goaltending records in regular-season wins (551), career games played (1,029) and career playoff wins (151).
The Avalanche retired Roy’s jersey in October 2003. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.
Roy currently serves as the co-owner, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Junior Hockey League’s Quebec Remparts.
He has been a controversial figure both on and off the ice with the club, with the most recent incident occurring during a brawl in a game against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on March 22, 2008.
During that game, Jonathan Roy, the team’s starting goaltender and son of Patrick, skated the length of the ice and pummeled his Chicoutimi counterpart, Bobby Nadeau, who was unwilling to fight and covered up during the assault.
Jonathan Roy received a seven-game suspension and was also fined $500. He also faces one count of assault.
Patrick Roy, who later received a five-game suspension, said he did nothing to encourage the melee and denied he made any gesture to his son to go after Nadeau