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Patrick Roy, by the numbers

Friday, 11.21.2008 / 1:00 AM / History

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Patrick Roy is set to receive another honor. The NHL's all-time winningest goaltender (at least for now) is scheduled to have his number retired by the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night prior to the game against the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NHL Network-US). He'll join 14 Canadiens legends who also have their numbers hanging from the rafters of the Bell Centre.

** NHL.com will stream NHL Network's live coverage of Patrick Roy's number retirement ceremony from the Bell Centre in Montreal beginning at 6 p.m. ET Saturday.

Here's a look at Patrick Roy's career -- by the numbers:

0 -- Goals allowed by Roy in his first NHL appearance. The 18-year-old played the third period against Winnipeg at the Forum on Feb. 23, 1985. He stopped the only two shots he faced and was credited with his first NHL victory when the Canadiens skated off with a 6-4 victory.

1 -- Seasons in which Roy finished with a won-lost record under .500. He was 17-20-6 in 1994-95 with a 2.97 goals-against average while facing an NHL-high 1,357 shots and making 1,230 saves.

1.94 -- Roy's goals-against average in 2001-02. It was the best GAA of his career and the only time he averaged less than two goals allowed per game.

2 -- Number of times Roy led NHL goaltenders in regular-season victories. He was 31-16-5 for Montreal in 1989-90 and 38-15-7 for Colorado in 1996-97. Interestingly, both of those seasons came in the season after he had led his team to the Stanley Cup Final.

3 -- Seasons in which Roy won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender. All three (1988-89, 1989-90 and 1991-92) came while he was a member of the Canadiens.

4 -- Stanley Cups won by Roy for the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He had an overall won-lost record of 63-22 in those four seasons -- 1986 and 1993 with Montreal; 1996 and 2001 with Colorado.

5 --
Number of times Roy's name appears on the William Jennings Trophy, given to the team that allows the fewest goals in the regular season. Four of the five (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1991-92) came with the Canadiens. The other (2001-02) was with Colorado.

6 -- Seasons in which Roy made the NHL All-Star Team. He was a First-Team All-Star four times (1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92 and 2001-02) and made the second team twice (1987-88 and 1990-91)

9 -- Roy's highest shutout total in a single season. He had nine shutouts for Colorado in 2001-02. However, he also led the NHL in shutouts on two occasions with Montreal -- 1991-92 (5) and 1993-94 (7).

10 -- Consecutive overtime victories by Roy in the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including three straight in the Final. It's an NHL record not likely to be broken anytime soon.

11 -- All-Star Game appearances for Roy. He made six as a Canadien (1988, 1990-94) and five as a member of the Avalanche (1997, 1998, 2001-03).

13 -- Seasons in which Roy won 30 or more games. The first five came with the Canadiens and the last seven with the Avalanche. In the other (1995-96), he won 12 games for Montreal before being traded and 22 more with the Avs after the deal.

20 -- Roy's age in the 1986 Stanley Cup Final, when he led the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup and won the first of his three Conn Smythe trophies. He finished the playoffs with a 1.92 GAA and became the youngest player to be named MVP of the playoffs.

23 -- Career playoff shutouts by Roy, an NHL record (one more than Martin Brodeur). He had at least one shutout in 11 seasons, with a high of four -- including two in the Final -- in 2000-01.

29 --
Unbeaten streak by Roy at Montreal, a franchise record. He was 25-0-4 at the Forum (with one no-decision) from Oct. 8, 1988 through April 1, 1989, including 24-0-4 from Oct. 19 through April 1.

33 -- Roy's age when he earned his 400th career victory, making him the youngest goaltender in NHL history to reach that milestone. It came in a 3-1 victory for Colorado at Detroit on Feb. 5, 1999.

40 -- Regular-season victories by Roy in 2000-01, the only season in his career in which Roy reached the 40-win mark. He was 40-13-7 in 62 appearances with a 2.21 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

45 -- Regular-season assists by Roy. His single-season high was six while with Montreal in 1988-89. He had at least one assist in every full season except 1995-96 and 2002-03. He had 28 assists while playing with the Canadiens and 17 while with Colorado. Roy also had 11 assists in the playoffs.

51 -- Saves by Roy in Colorado's 2-2 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 10, 1997. It's the most saves he made in a regular-season game. Colorado got the tie although the Leafs had a 53-19 advantage in shots on goal.

55 -- Pick the Canadiens used to select Roy in the 1984 Entry Draft. He was Montreal's fourth selection -- they took defenseman Petr Svoboda and forwards Stephane Richer and Shayne Corson ahead of him.

68 -- Roy's single-season high for appearances, in 1993-94. He went 35-17-11 with a 2.50 GAA and seven shutouts. Roy had at least 61 appearances in each of the last 11 seasons in which the NHL played a full schedule.
 
151 -- Playoff victories by Roy, the most in NHL history by a considerable margin. For perspective: Roy has more playoff victories than all but two goalies (Martin Brodeur and Ed Belfour) have appearances.

247 --
Playoff appearances by Roy, by far the most in NHL history -- Brodeur is second at 169. Roy had five seasons in which he appeared in 20 or more postseason games and another in which he played in 19.

262 --
Regular-season penalty minutes assessed to Roy. His high was 39 in 1997-98 -- 31 of which came in an April 1 game against Detroit.

289 -- Wins by Roy as a Canadien in the regular season. He's second on the all-time Montreal list behind Jacques Plante (314). He's also second to Plante in games played as a Canadien (551). Roy also had 262 wins with the Avalanche, the most in franchise history. He's the only goaltender with 200 or more wins for more than one team.

315 -- Losses charged to Roy, 10th on the all-time list. He had 236 more wins than losses.

28,353 -- Shots on goal faced by Roy during the regular season, more than any other goaltender in NHL history. Curtis Joseph of Toronto began the season in second place at 26,412. Roy also faced another 7,149 shots in the playoffs, meaning that he faced 35,502 shots in his NHL career.
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