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Patrick Roy

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy

Profession: NHL Goalie and Coach


Biography: Nicknamed "Saint Patrick", he is regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. He split his professional career between the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, winning two Stanley Cups with each franchise.

He is widely credited with popularising the butterfly style of goaltending,which has since become the dominant style of goaltending around the world.

Born: October 5, 1965
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Age: 56 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1990-06-09 NHL goaltender Patrick Roy (25) weds Michele Piuze at Saint-Sacrement Church in Quebec, Canada

Historical Events

  • 1985-02-23 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens
  • 1986-01-15 Montreal's rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum
  • 1995-12-02 Montreal Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay leaves goaltender Patrick Roy in the game too long, allowing an embarrassing 9 goals in 11-1 rout by Detroit Red Wings; Roy demands trade; moves to Colorado Avalanche and wins Stanley Cup that season
  • 2003-04-22 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game
  • 2003-05-28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL
  • 2008-11-22 Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens
  • 2013-05-23 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

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