Patrick Roy

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Patrick Roy playing for the Colorado Avalanche in 1999
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Patrick Roy playing for the Colorado Avalanche in 1999

Patrick Roy (pronounced "wah") (born October 5, 1965, in Quebec City, Quebec) is an ice hockey goaltender, National Hockey League's all-time leader in wins and games played, regarded by many as the greatest goaltender of the expansion era. He was born on the same day as Mario Lemieux.

Roy started his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens, for whom he played from 1984 to 1995. He was then traded to the Colorado Avalanche, playing with them until his retirement in 2003. He won four Stanley Cups, two with each team (1986, 1993, 1996, 2001), capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) a record 3 times in 1986, 1993, and 2001. In 1996 Colorado captain Joe Sakic took the award.

Notoriously superstitious, Roy would not skate on the blue/red lines, wrote the names of his kids on his stick before each game, and kept the pucks from his current season shutouts in his locker until the end of the season. He also talked to his goalposts during a game.

Roy was famous for his cockiness. When Jeremy Roenick said, "I'd like to know where Patrick was in Game 3 [a game in which Roenick had scored on Patrick], probably up trying to get his jock out of the rafters," Roy retorted with his now-famous line, "I can't hear what Jeremy says, because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears." Roy, after making a glove save, would frequently hold his glove hand high above the head, in a pose similar to the Statue of Liberty. In game six of the 2002 Western Conference Finals, Brendan Shanahan scored a goal while Roy was in his Statue of Liberty pose, thinking he had the puck. However, Roy backed up his confidence more often than not, as his numerous awards show.

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In 1989, 1990, 1992 Roy won the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender). He won the Jennings Trophy (least 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 three times, a Second Team All-Star twice, and played in eight All-Star games.

Among the many goaltending NHL records Roy holds are career wins (551), career games played (1029), career playoff wins (151), and career playoff games played (247). The Avalanche retired Roy's #33 jersey on October 28, 2003. He is expected to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He married Michèle Piuze on June 9, 1990. They have 3 children, Jonathan, Frederick, and Jana.

Preceded by:
(1985)
Wayne Gretzky
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1986, 1993, 2001
Succeeded by:
(1987)
Ron Hextall
Preceded by:
(1992)
Mario Lemieux
Succeeded by:
(1994)
Brian Leetch
Preceded by:
(2000)
Scott Stevens
Succeeded by:
(2002)
Nicklas Lidström
Preceded by:
(1988)
Grant Fuhr
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1989, 1990, 1992
Succeeded by:
(1991)
Ed Belfour
Preceded by:
(1991)
Ed Belfour
Succeeded by:
(1993)
Ed Belfour

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