TORONTO (June 28, 2006) - Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced Wednesday that Patrick Roy has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
Roy and Terrance 'Dick' Duff were elected in 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. "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."
The 2006 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 13th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Patrick Jacques Roy
· Born October 5, 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec
· Goaltender, caught left, 6'0, 190 pounds
· Played minor hockey in Quebec City
· Played junior with Granby Bisons of the QMJHL from 1982-83 to 1984-85
· Selected in 3rd round, 51st overall by Montreal in 1984 NHL Entry Draft
· Made professional debut in 1984-85 with 1 game with NHL Montreal Canadiens & 1 game with AHL Sherbrooke Canadiens
· Joined Montreal full-time in 1985-86 & was selected for NHL All Rookie Team
· Spent part of 11 seasons with Montreal Canadiens
· Traded to Colorado in December 1995
· Only goalie in NHL history to win 200+ games with 2 different clubs
· Member of 4 Stanley Cup Championships -- 2 with Montreal, 2 with Colorado
· Won Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1986, 1993 & 2001
· Won Vezina Trophy three times -- 1989, 1990 & 1992
· Won or shared Jennings Trophy 5 times - 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2002
· Selected to 1st or 2nd NHL All-Star Team 6 times & played in 11 All Star games
· 1st NHL goalie to play in 1,000 games
· Won 551 games with 2.53 goals against average in 1,029 regular season games
· Holds goaltender playoff records for games, minutes, wins, losses & goals against
· Played for Canada during 1998 Winter Olympics
· Announced his retirement on May 28, 2003
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