Patrick Jacques Roy (French pronunciation: [ʁwa]; Born October 5, 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec) 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 professional career between the Montreal Canadiens, with whom he played for ten years, and the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he played for eight years, both of the NHL. Roy won four Stanley Cups during his career, two 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.
Roy 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 led the Sherbrooke Canadiens to the American Hockey League / AHL Calder Cup Championship in 1985, beating the Baltimore Skipjacks in six games.
The Sherbrooke Canadiens were the farm team of the Montreal Canadiens.
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, leading his team to The Stanley Cup Championship and winning the 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. Roy was nicknamed "Saint Patrick" after the victory.
In the 1993 NHL playoff's, the Montreal Canadiens lost the first 2 games of the series with the Quebec Nordiques, with Roy letting in soft goals. Nordiques goaltending coach Dan Bouchard 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 1993 Stanley Cup Championship and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
The 1993 Stanley Cup championship was the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, and there is a crest to celebrate this on the shoulder of Roy's and the Montreal Canadiens jersey's.
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 1,029 games, later passed by Martin 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 28, 2003.
The Montreal Canadiens retired Roy's No. 33 jersey on November 22, 2008
Patrick Jacques Roy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, in his first year of eligibility.