Flip through the Colorado Avalanche record book and it’s likely you’ll find Patrick Roy’s name at the top of almost every goaltending category, which makes him a perfect addition to the club’s 20th Anniversary Team.
Roy’s number 33 has hung in the rafters of Pepsi Center since the start of the 2003-04 season, and it’s for good reason.
The Quebec City native was selected in the third round (51st overall) of the 1984 Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. In his first campaign (1985-86), Roy posted a 23-18-3 regular-season record and only allowed 148 goals. He took over the starting role and led the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship, posting a 1.93 goals-against average and a 15-5-0 record along the way.
His accomplishments go on from there.
Roy recorded 30 or more wins in 13 seasons—including in all eight with the Avs. He won hockey’s ultimate prize four times, in 1986 and 1993 with the Canadiens and in 1996—for Colorado’s first major sports championship—and 2001 with the Avalanche.
Roy appeared in 11 All-Star Games, was named to six All-Star Teams and the 1985-86 All-Rookie Team, and is the only player to be awarded the Conn Smythe trophy three times (1986, 1993, 2001) as the MVP of the playoffs.
The legendary netminder won the William M. Jennings trophy for the fewest goals allowed on five separate occasions (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2002) and took home the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie in 1989, 1990 and 1992.
Roy was the first NHL keeper to play in 1,000 contests. His 60,226 minutes played is the second most of any backstopper in league history. He retired with the NHL record for most outings (1,029) and most wins (551), both of which still rank second all-time.
Roy is still the only goalie that has won 200 or more games with two different teams.
When it came to playoff hockey, Roy was just as dominant. His 15,209 minutes played, 247 appearances and 151 wins still top the NHL’s annals.
The netminder was traded to Colorado on Dec. 6, 1995, along with Mike Keane, for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Ručinský and Jocelyn Thibault.
In his eight seasons playing in Denver, the goalie occupied the crease a franchise-high 478 times, playing a total of 28,317 minutes. He posted a club-best record of 262-140-65 with a .918 save percentage and 37 shutouts in that time.
The goaltender also represented Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, going 4-2-0 with a 1.46 goals-against average.
The franchise legend officially announced his retirement on May 28, 2003, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class just three years later.
His days in the NHL weren’t done, however, and at the age of 47, Roy was named the sixth head coach of the Colorado Avalanche—the 14th in franchise history—on May 23, 2013.
Following the 2013-14 season in which the Avs captured the Central Division title, Roy received the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach after guiding Colorado to a 52-22-8 record. He also became just the fifth bench boss to win 50 contests in his first NHL season.
A deserving member of Avalanche 20th Anniversary Team infamy, Roy and the other 19 players bestowed with the honor were acknowledged in a pregame ceremony on Dec. 7.
“It was nice to see them last night. Good memories,” Roy said told the media after the reunion. “It’s a special group. Every time you see them it feels like we haven’t lost a beat at all. It’s nice to see them.”