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Patrick Roy is undoubtedly one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. His career spanned nearly two decades and 19 NHL seasons, from 1984 to 2003. During his career, he played with two teams: Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.
In addition to having won the Vezina Trophy three times, Roy has also won the Conn Smythe Trophy three times. His 551 career regular-season victories rank second in the NHL record books. And, his 151 career playoff victories are the most for any goaltender league history. It is also noteworthy that Roy holds the Avalanche franchise records for most shutouts in a career (37) and most shutouts in a single season (9).
The first game Roy played for the Montreal Canadiens was a 6–4 win over the Winnipeg Jets on 23 February 1985. He entered the game in the third period with the game tied at four and picked up the victory.
His early part of the season was sparse, but by playoff time he had become the number-one goalie. While the Canadiens weren't expected to do well in the playoffs, Roy excelled and led the team to a Stanley Cup victory. Despite being just 20, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for his 1.92 goals-against average.
In four years between 1989 and 1992, Roy won three Vezina Trophies, recognizing his exceptional talent. Roy performed brilliantly again during the 1993 playoffs. The quality of his play and a record 10 consecutive overtime wins helped him take home another Conn Smythe Trophy and the Canadiens win another Stanley Cup championship.
In 1994–95, the Canadiens missed the playoffs and had a bad start to the next season. Both the coach and general manager were fired soon afterward. On 2 December 1995, a simmering feud between Roy and his newly hired coach (and former teammate) Mario Tremblay reached a head.
Tremblay allowed Vincent Damphousse to play even though he arrived mere minutes before warm-ups, which angered Roy. Tremblay held Roy in the net for nine goals until late in the second period as the Canadiens took a beating from the Detroit Red Wings. As Roy and Tremblay glared at each other in the second period, Roy went over to inform team president Ronald Corey that it was his final game in Montreal. Within days, he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.
In 1996, the Avalanche played the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup final. After a triple-overtime shutout in game four, the Avalanche won the Cup, largely due to Roy's outstanding goaltending.
Roy was a big part of the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry, along with Claude Lemieux and Brendan Shanahan. From 1996 to 2002, the Avalanche and Red Wings met five times in the playoffs, with the Avalanche winning in 1996, 1999, and 2000.
Roy's trademark style is known as the butterfly, in which he kneeled on the ice with his legs at right angles to his body. Due to his flexibility, his goal pads covered the entire bottom of the net, resulting in fewer goals being scored against him. His technique helped him break Terry Sawchuk's record of 447 regular-season victories in October 2000.
The Avalanche held a ceremony on October 28, 2003 honoring Roy as he was integral to the Avalanche success story. Denver's mayor named a street in Roy's honor, and the governor declared Patrick Roy Week. Upon his retirement in 2003 both the Canadiens and Avalanche retired his famous number 33 jersey. Additionally, Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 13, 2006.
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