Patrick becomes ROYalty

On October 17, 2000, a  4-3  Colorado Avalanche victory over the Washington Capitols gave Patrick Roy his 448th victory, making him the all-time winningest goalie in the National Hockey League.

Roy’s teammate Peter Forsberg scored the winning goal against Olaf Kolzig, 2:37 into overtime at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Roy passed 1971 Hall of Fame inductee  Terry Sawchuk in career victories.

Roy was chosen in the third round of the 1984 draft by the Montreal Canadiens and was traded to the Avalanche after 12 seasons. He made 17 playoff appearances and received two championship rings with each franchise.

Team Canada placed fourth in the 1998 Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics with Roy in the net. He declined an invitation to participate in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Video source: Jan Rohde on YouTube

Roy retired at age 37, following the 2002-03 season. He finished his career with 551 victories. The only other goalie to have more than 500 is Martin Brodeur with 691.

Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 2006.

In 2013, Roy was introduced as the Avalanche’s head coach. It took one game to let out his inner instigator when he almost started a fight with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Video source: thatsusingyourface on YouTube

Six weeks before this year’s preseason, Roy packed up and left his position as vice president of hockey operations. While it was not apparent at the time, he left because he did not feel he had enough input decisions concerning the team.

Detroit Daily News on Roy leaving the Avs

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