|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
|Born||October 5 1965
Ste. Foy, QC, CAN
|NHL Draft||51st overall, 1984
|Pro Career||1985 – 2003|
|Hall of Fame, 2006|
Patrick Jacques Roy (born October 5, 1965, in Ste. Foy, Quebec, Canada — a suburb of Quebec City) is a retired ice hockey goaltender. He is currently the co-owner, general manager, and head coach of the Québec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Nicknamed "St. Patrick," Roy split his professional career between the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, winning two Stanley Cups 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. On November 13, 2006, Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Roy began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens, who drafted him 51st overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft from the Granby Bisons. He played for the Habs from 1985 to 1995, leading them to the 1986 Stanley Cup in his rookie season. Roy became, at only 20, the youngest player in the NHL's history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy given to the playoffs most valuable player. He also was named to the 1986 NHL All-Rookie Team.
During his years with Montreal, Roy was the unquestionable superstar and leader of a team which did not have league leading scorers (past Canadiens dynasties were led by players such as Maurice Richard, Bernard Geoffrion, Jean Beliveau, and Guy Lafleur).
In the 1993 playoffs, after the Canadiens lost their first two games to their archrival Quebec Nordiques in the first round series, 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 postseason game winning streak. Roy set a record during the postseason 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.
On December 2, 1995 Montreal's head coach Mario Tremblay elected to keep Roy in the goal until he let in 9 goals on 26 shots during an 11-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. This was the last straw for Roy in what was already a contentious relationship with the rookie head coach. Friction between the two dated back to Roy's rookie year, when Tremblay, then a Canadiens broadcaster, would needle the young Quebecer on his broken English and was critical of Roy through much of his career. The two had almost come to blows in a Long Island coffee shop before Tremblay was announced as a coach and his first appearance in the dressing room was greeted with snickers from Roy. They almost fought a second time after Tremblay fired a shot at Roy's throat during practice.
When Roy was replaced midway through the second period, as he was storming off the ice, Roy could be seen on-camera telling Habs team President Ronald Corey that this was the last game he would ever play for Montreal, later elaborating by saying that he would not play for Montreal as long as Tremblay was coach. Three days after the incident, he was traded to Colorado along with Montreal captain Mike Keane in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky, and Andrei Kovalenko, which is known in Montreal as "Le Trade." Roy's relationship with the Canadiens remained strained until the day the Canadiens retired his Jersey. On November 22nd 2008 the Canadiens raissed his #33 under the rafter of the Centre Bell, making him the 15th Player in Franchise History to receive this honor.
Since Le Trade, the Canadiens have won three playoff series (1998 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2002 and 2004 vs. the Boston Bruins), and have won two games beyond the first round (during the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Carolina Hurricanes). Montreal Gazette columnist Jack Todd, in a nod 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." Indeed, the swap turned out to be, in hindsight, 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.
The same season he was traded to the Avalanche, Roy helped lead them 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.
At the 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.
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 wins (551), career games played (1029), career playoff wins (151), and career playoff games played (247).
The Avalanche retired Roy's #33 jersey on 28 October 2003. While no Canadiens player has worn #33 since Roy's departure (as of 2006), the Canadiens have not retired the number, nor announced any intention to do so.
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 28th, 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 Sagueneens, 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 Montreal reported that Roy later apologized to the victim by telephone. .
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 feeling guilty of the incident. He then questioned his future as head coach and co-owner of the team, even considering resigning from his duties. . 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.  
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 "there should have been a penalty shot [on the play]. I like Patrick's comment when he said he could have stopped me [on the breakaway]. I'd like to know where Patrick was in Game 3, 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 and the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks in 6 games and went on to win the Cup.
* Shared with Brian Hayward.
Played for Team Canada in:
|Senior int'l totals||6||4||2||0||-||-||1||1.46|
|Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1986, 1993, 2001
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1989, 1990, 1992
|Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy
1987-89, 1992, 2002
(1987-89 with Brian Hayward)