The Colorado Avalanche will feature highlights from Patrick Roy's Hall of Fame weekend festivities along with an exclusive one-on-one interview and a package of special video memories at tonight's Avalanche game in celebration of Roy's official induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Toronto.
Both during the game and in each of the intermission breaks, Avalanche fans will be able to relive the eight years he spent in Colorado and celebrate his Hall of Fame induction. Although the official induction will take place a couple hours before the Avalanche game, fans will be able to watch taped highlights from the ceremony, as well as an interview with Patrick taped in Toronto after the event.
Roy and Terrance 'Dick' Duff were elected to the Player Category and former coach Herbert Brooks and NHL Chairman of the Board, Harley Hotchkiss were elected In the Builder Category.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four outstanding individuals as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."
Born on October 5th, 1965 in Quebec City, Patrick Roy's accomplishments are well chronicled. A third-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 Entry Draft, he joined the Canadiens full-time in 1985-86, and that season was named to the NHL's All Rookie Team. He went on to win two Stanley Cup Championships in his 11 seasons in Montreal before being traded to Colorado in December 1995. In Colorado, Patrick continued his winning ways, earning two more Stanley Cup Championships before retiring in 2003. A three-time Conn Smythe and Vezina trophy winner, he is the only goalie in NHL history to win over 200 regular season games with two different teams.
"I'm very fortunate to receive this honour," said Roy. "It brings you back to thinking about your career and the great teammates and tremendous support I have received from my family over the years."
Colorado Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix issued the following statement in regards to the induction of former Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy into the Hockey Hall of Fame:
"Patrick Roy is a true legend of the game. He is a unique inductee for the Hockey Hall of Fame as one who truly influenced and redefined the goaltending position.
"When we acquired Patrick Roy in 1995, we knew what he would bring to our hockey club, but I don't think anybody could've imagined the success we would later enjoy. Our organization and our fans are still in awe of what he has accomplished. The contributions he made to our organization and community will never be forgotten and the images of Patrick hoisting the Cup in 1996 & 2001 will live in our minds forever.
"We were all privileged to have had the opportunity to see Patrick for so many years in an Avalanche uniform. He was a great leader and ambassador of the game whose passion and determination was second-to-none."
A look here at Patrick's career highlights...
· Roy's #33 was retired by the Colorado Avalanche on October 28, 2003
· Winningest goaltender in NHL history (551)
· Winningest playoff goaltender in NHL history (151)
· Only goaltender in NHL history to win 200 or more games with two different teams
· Member of four Stanley Cup Champions -- two with Montreal, two with Colorado (1986, ‘93, ‘96, ‘01)
· Only player in NHL history to win three Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP (1986, ‘93, 2001).
· Three Vezina Trophies (1989, ‘90, ‘92); Five William Jennings Trophies (1987, ‘88, ‘89, ‘92, ‘02)
· Selected to NHL All-Star Team on six occasions
- First Team All-Star (1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92, 2001-02)
- Second Team All-Star (1987-88, 1990-91)
· Participated in 11 All-Star Games
· NHL All-Rookie Team (1985-86)
· First NHL goalie to play in 1,000 games
· Spent part of 11 seasons with Montreal Canadiens...Traded to Colorado on December 6, 1995 and spent part of eight seasons with the Avalanche
· Holds NHL goaltender records for games (1,029), minutes (60,235), wins (551), 30-win seasons (13)
· Holds goaltender playoff records for games (247), minutes (15,209), wins (151), shutouts (23)
· Selected by Montreal in the third round (fourth choice, 51st overall) in the 1984 Entry Draft
· Made his NHL debut on Feb. 23, 1985 vs. Winnipeg
· Announced his retirement on May 28, 2003