Patrick Roy (born 05.10.1965) is a former Canadian Ice Hockey goaltender. Roy spent the majority of his playing career playing for two sides - the Montreal Canadians and the Colorado Avalanche. He also represented Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics. He goes by the nickname of 'Saint Patrick'.
A goaltender is the ice hockey player who defends his team's goal by preventing the puck, his team's opponents scoring. A goaltender wears several pieces of protective goalie equipment, such as a goalie mask and goalie pads.
Roy began his playing career at Sherbrooke Canadiens, which played in the American Hockey league in the 1984-85 season. His move to the NHL came later that season, when he was drafted to Montreal Canadiens during the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in February 1985, when he played the final 20 minutes of a game in which he did not concede a goal. In his first full season with the Canadiens, Roy played 47 games and led his side to the Stanley Cup, and he was chosen for the NHL All-Rookie Team. Roy's career continued to blossom, picking up three Adams Division titles in the space of five years, and won regular individual awards. However, Canadiens began to suffer a slump in form in the mid-1990's, and the fans took some of their frustration out on Roy by jeering him during one game, and he was subsequently traded to Colorado Avalanche in 1995. In his first season, he helped his new side to the Stanley Cup and contributed in one more triumph before his retirement in 2003, with his final game being a loss to Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference quarter-finals of the NHL playoffs.
Retirement and post retirement
Roy ended his playing career in May 2003. After retiring, He became the vice president of hockey operations at the Quebec Remparts, where he later became the owner and general manager. His team won the Memorial Cup in his first year in charge, becoming the seventh coach to win the cup in their rookie year. He was reportedly offered the chance to coach Colorado Avalanche in 2009. He rejected the role but stated his desire to coach an NHL side in the future.
Roy achieved an impressive amount of records during his time as a goaltender. He was a three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's best goaltender. He was successful in being awarded the Jennings Trophy for the least goals conceded on five occasions. He also played in a remarkable 11 All-Star games. Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 - the first year he was eligible.