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Patrick Jacques Roy (IPA pronunciation: ), (born October 5, 1965, in Sainte 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 Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Nicknamed "St. Patrick," he is popular among fans of the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. 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.

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).

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.

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.

His final game was played against the Minnesota Wild on April 22, 2003, in a game seven overtime loss in the quarterfinals of the NHL playoffs.

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 . I like Patrick's comment when he said he could have stopped me . 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."



 


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