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Patrick Roy

Traded To Colorado

Roy did not live up to the expectations of the rabid Montreal fans and media, especially when the team missed the playoffs in 1995. Already known for having a temper, during a game in December 1995, Roy acted out when the first-year Montreal coach Mario Tremblay did not take him out of a game in which he was losing badly, something that was generally done. Roy declared he would never play for the Canadiens again. He was suspended, then traded to the Colorado Avalanche. This blowup was not the only reason he was traded. Roy was making the highest salary in Montreal—$2.8 million per season—on a team that had money issues.

Chronology

1965 Born October 5 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
1984 Drafted with the 51st pick by the Montreal Canadiens
1984-85 Plays for the Granby Bisons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
1985 Plays first game in goal for the Montreal Canadiens; is in net for the Sherbrooke Canadiens (AHL) when the win the Calder Cup
1986 Wins Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens
1993 Wins Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens
1995 Is traded from Montreal to Colorado Avalanche on December 6
1996 Wins Stanley Cup with the Avalanche
2000 Breaks Terry Sawchuk's record of most regular season wins by a goalie
2001 Wins Stanley Cup with the Avalanche

Though Roy was traded, he went into a good situation. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 1996, defeating the upstart Florida Panthers. Roy was in net as the Avalanche went to the playoffs each year 1997-2001, but did not repeat as Stanley Cup champions until 2001. Roy again won the Conn Smythe Trophy. In 2002, Roy again had great a regular season with a 1.94 goals against. While he kept team going in the 2002 post-season, he lost to Detroit in Western Conference Finals, letting in six goals in the seventh and deciding game of the series. The defeat did nothing to shake his confidence, and Roy did not plan on retiring in the near future.

Roy is generally recognized as a great goalie who changed the position and how it is played, refining the butterfly style. He also owns two significant records that cemented his reputation. In October 2000, in a game against the Washington Capitals, he bested Terry Sawchuk's record for regular season wins by a goalie with 448 plus and counting. He already held the record for playoff wins with 121 (before the 2001 playoffs). As Michael Farber wrote in Sports Illustrated, "outside the box of numbers and awards … Roy is the most important goalie in history."

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP W L T GAA TGA SV SV% TSA
Colorado: Colorado Avalanche (NHL); Montreal: Montreal Canadiens (NHL).
1984-85 Montreal 1 1 0 0 0.00 0 2 1.000 2
1985-86 Montreal 47 23 18 3 3.35 148 1037 .875 1185
1986-87 Montreal 46 22 16 6 2.93 131 1079 .892 1210
1987-88 Montreal 45 23 12 9 2.90 125 1123 .900 1248
1988-89 Montreal 48 33 5 6 2.47 113 1115 .908 1228
1989-90 Montreal 54 31 16 5 2.53 134 1390 .912 1524
1990-91 Montreal 48 25 15 6 2.71 128 1234 .906 1362
1991-92 Montreal 67 36 22 8 2.36 155 1651 .914 1806
1992-93 Montreal 62 31 25 5 3.20 192 1622 .894 1814
1993-94 Montreal 68 35 17 11 2.50 161 1795 .918 1956
1994-95 Montreal 43 17 20 6 2.97 127 1230 .906 1357
1995-96 Montreal 22 12 9 1 2.95 62 605 .907 667
1995-96 Colorado 39 22 15 1 2.68 103 1027 .909 1130
1996-97 Colorado 62 38 15 7 2.32 143 1718 .923 1861
1997-98 Colorado 65 31 19 13 2.39 153 1671 .916 1825
1998-99 Colorado 61 32 19 8 2.29 139 1534 .917 1673
1999-2000 Colorado 63 32 21 8 2.28 141 1499 .914 1640
2000-01 Colorado 62 40 13 7 2.21 132 1381 .913 1513
2001-02 Colorado 63 32 23 8 1.94 122 1507 .925 1629
TOTAL 966 516 300 118 2.61 2409 24221 .900 26630

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