Patrick Roy was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche on May 23, 2013. In addition to his head coaching duties, Roy works closely with Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic in all player personnel decisions.
Roy won the 2014 Jack Adams Award after guiding the Avalanche to a 52-22-8 record (.683) and the Central Division title in his rookie season behind the bench. He helped Colorado match its franchise record for wins and post its second-highest point total ever (112). Roy’s Avalanche also set a franchise mark with 26 road wins en route to compiling the best road record in the NHL at 26-11-4 (.683). Colorado, which finished 29th in the league standings the year before, became the first club since the NHL expanded to 21 teams in 1979 to go from the bottom three to the top three in a single season.
Roy became the first coach in Avalanche history to win the Jack Adams Award. He is the second coach in franchise history to receive the honor, as Marc Crawford won it with Quebec in 1994-95. Roy is the first coach to claim the Jack Adams in his first season behind the bench since Washington’s Bruce Boudreau in 2008. Roy received 68 of the 95 first-place votes for 399 voting points, far out-distancing Detroit’s Mike Babcock (163) and Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper (136).
Roy became just the fifth coach in NHL history to win 50 games in his first season behind the bench, joining Tom Johnson with the 1970-71 Bruins (57-14-7), Mike Keenan with the 1984-85 Flyers (53-20-7), Pat Burns with the 1988-89 Canadiens (53-18-9) and Todd McLellan with the 2008-09 Sharks (53-18-11). Roy led the Avalanche to a 6-0-0 start, tying the NHL record for consecutive wins by a head coach to begin his career (Mario Tremblay with Montreal in 1995-96). He went on to become the first coach in NHL history to win 14 of his first 16 career games (14-2-0).
Prior to joining the Avalanche, Roy spent the previous eight seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He guided the Remparts to a 348-196-0 record (.640) in 544 regular season games behind the bench, which included leading Quebec to the 2006 Memorial Cup title as the Canadian Hockey League champions. He was also a part owner of the QMJHL franchise.
Roy, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, retired with the most regular season wins in NHL history (551), a number that currently ranks second all-time. The four-time Stanley Cup champion is still the winningest goaltender in Stanley Cup Playoff history with 151 postseason wins. Roy is the only player in league history to win three Conn Smythe Trophies as the playoff MVP (1986, 1993, 2001).
The Quebec City native backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to two Stanley Cup championships (1986, 1993), the first of which was his rookie campaign. Traded to Colorado on Dec. 6, 1995, Roy led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup during the club’s first season in Denver (1996) and again in 2001. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to win 200 or more games with two different teams.
Roy won three Vezina Trophies (1989, 1990, 1992) and five William Jennings Trophies (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2002). He was selected to the NHL All-Star Team on six occasions, the first team in 1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92 and 2001-02 and second team in 1987-88 and 1990-91. He participated in 11 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1985-86. When Roy announced his retirement on May 28, 2003, he was the NHL’s all-time leader in not only wins but also regular season games (1,029), minutes (60,225) and 30-win seasons (13), marks that now all rank second. In addition to being first overall in postseason wins, Roy is still the NHL record holder in career playoff games (247) and is second in postseason shutouts (23).
Roy, who is the Avalanche’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, had his No. 33 retired by the organization on Oct. 28, 2003.
Patrick has three children, sons Jonathan and Frederick, and daughter Jana.
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL