Patrick Roy’s record breaking win

On October 17, 2000, Colorado Avalanche star Patrick Roy set the all-time record for NHL victories at 448 after making 27 saves in a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitols.

The Avalanche took the game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Peter Forsberg put the puck past Capitols goalie Olaf Kolzig 2:37 into overtime.

Roy finished his career with 551 wins. The only other goalie to have over 500 is Martin Brodeur who has 669 wins. He currently plays for the St. Louis Blues. Until this season, he has played all 22 seasons in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils.

Roy started his 18-year career with being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round in 1984. He stayed with the team until the 1995-96 season when he was traded to the Avalanche. His outstanding goal tending led his teams to 17 playoff appearances and four championship rings, two with each franchise. The third team he played for was Team Canada at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. He declined an invitation to play in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Roy left hockey at age 37 following the 2002-03 season. and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 2006.

Roy has since become head coach of the Avalanche. His first game brought out his inner hockey player when he almost started a fight with the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, Bruce Boudreau.

“A big part of my decision is not made about whether I’m able to coach in the NHL or if I’m ready to step up and take that challenge. Basically, it’s about my family, it’s about my children, and this is where my decision is going to have to be made.” -Patrick Roy

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