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Avalanche Goalie Patrick Roy to Retire
AP ^ | 5-27-04 | John Marshall

Posted on 05/27/2003 6:59:26 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan

Avalanche Goalie Patrick Roy to Retire

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer

DENVER - Colorado's Patrick Roy (news) is retiring, ending the 18-year career of one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.

Roy will make the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday, team spokesman Jean Martineau said.

A four-time Stanley Cup champion, Roy leaves as the NHL's career leader in victories with 551 and games played with 1,029. He also is the all-time leader in playoff victories, games played and shutouts.

Roy is still considered one of the best goalies in the game at age 37, but he has been bothered by arthritic hips the past few years. He also has made it clear he wants to follow the career of his oldest son, Jonathan, a goalie who will start playing in Saskatchewan this fall.

"It's going to be sad for hockey," Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (news) said Tuesday. "He's a great goaltender, probably the best that's ever played."

Roy won two Stanley Cups each with Montreal and Colorado, and is the only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs. Earlier this season he became the first goalie to eclipse 60,000 minutes.

"If indeed Patrick Roy is going to retire, we wish him well," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We will miss him."

Before Roy broke into the league with Montreal in 1985, most goalies either stayed on their feet or stacked their pads to stop shots.

Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito, two goaltenders who starred in the 1960s and 1970s, helped develop the butterfly style of dropping to their knees to stop shots. Roy made the style popular during his record-setting career.

Roy is the NHL's all-time leader with 23 career playoff shutouts, and his 247 games and 151 wins are well ahead of Grant Fuhr (news), who is second with 150 games and 92 wins.

"He basically has done everything and broke every record, so I think it's pretty safe to say he's the greatest goalie who ever played," Colorado's Mike Keane (news) said recently.

Roy had his best regular season in 2001-02, with a 1.94 goals-against average and a career-high nine shutouts, but the playoffs ended in disappointment after he allowed six goals in a 7-0 loss to Detroit in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Roy struggled early this season, but was unbeaten in 26 of his final 30 starts. He helped the Avalanche move past Vancouver and win the Northwest Division title. He finished fourth in the league with 35 wins and had a 2.18 goals-against average.

Roy was solid in the first four games of Colorado's first-round playoff series against Minnesota, but gave up soft goals in Games 6 and 7 as the Wild became just the seventh team in league history to come back from a 3-1 deficit with two road wins.

Roy said at the time that he was 90 percent sure of his plans for the future, but did not reveal which way he was leaning. He appeared to be readying himself for retirement over the past year, when he bought a home in Jupiter, Fla., and put his house in Denver up for sale.

Roy's retirement plans were first reported by the Daily Camera of Boulder on Tuesday.

"The day that I feel that I'm going to lose that desire and that passion, that would be a good time for me to leave," Roy said in January. "The tough part is that it could happen at any time. It could happen in the middle of the season, it could happen at the end of the season. And if it's time to go, it's time to go."

Like so many kids in Quebec City, Quebec, Roy spent most Saturday nights watching hockey on television. He became a goalie because he liked the way the equipment looked and honed his game by stopping shots upstairs in his parents' house with pillows strapped to his legs.

Roy became so enthralled with the game that he slept every night with a stick given to him by his hero, Daniel Bouchard.

Roy had an immediate impact in the NHL, leading Montreal to the Stanley Cup title in 1986 as the youngest Conn Smythe winner at age 20. He played nine more seasons with the Canadiens, winning another Cup in 1993, but was traded to Colorado in 1995 shortly after coach Mario Tremblay left him too long in a lopsided loss.

It proved to be the best move the Avalanche ever made.

In Roy's nine seasons in Denver, Colorado won two Stanley Cup titles, reached the Western Conference finals six times and set an NHL record with nine straight division titles.

Colorado won its first Stanley Cup in 1996, when Roy had three shutouts and a 2.10 goals-against average. The second came in 2001, when he had four shutouts and a 1.70 GAA, and was named playoff MVP.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: avalanche; hockey; patroy; roy; wah; wings
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To: Dan from Michigan
He should have done Yoga he would still be at the
top of his game.
21 posted on 05/27/2003 8:20:50 PM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: Princeliberty
Really ..

I cant seem to marry up the connection . The power of a dream and yoga .

22 posted on 05/27/2003 8:34:17 PM PDT by Ben Bolt
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Meanwhile I get to watch the young Skating W's, who will be good as soon as they learn to score more than one goal in four playoff games.

The Wild still need an upgrade in talent before they can take the next step. Lemaire did an amazing job with a cast of mostly journeymen hockey players, but they will be hard-pressed to repeat next season the success of this season. There is some talent on the way, like Mikko Koivu and Matt Foy. I'm not sold on P-M Bouchard, though; he's offensively talented, but he might be too skinny and small for the NHL.

Minnesota needs to draft a goal-scorer in this draft. They should trade up to land U of M star Tomas Vanek.

23 posted on 05/27/2003 8:38:11 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (np Joe Jackson, "Big World")
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To: Dan from Michigan
As an AV's fan I will miss Patrick. That run in 96 when the AV's beat the Wings with the most victories ever and in 2001 when they won the Cup without their best player.

As far as Eddie being better I belive its Patricks 4 rings to Eddies 1.
24 posted on 05/27/2003 8:41:22 PM PDT by Delphster
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To: Dan from Michigan
I'm glad he's retiring. The way Roy came out of the goal, I would rather have Denis Lemieux in there. I think the coach should have tied a bungie cord to the back of Roy and limit him to 10 feet out of the box. He probably would have lowered his GAA by a half point. My favorite Roy game? When Detroit blew Roy away in a shutout and they finally had to pull him before he committed suicide.
25 posted on 05/27/2003 8:46:37 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton
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To: Dan from Michigan
McCarty is my all-time fav!
26 posted on 05/28/2003 5:37:27 AM PDT by rintense (Thank you to all our brave soldiers, past and present, for your faithful service to our country.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
LOL. What's the name of the goalie in Slapshot. The one that charges out when Reggie lets him know that his wife is a dyke?
27 posted on 05/28/2003 8:36:43 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("It's the same ole story, same ole song and dance, my friend")
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To: sinkspur
Marty Turco will make Dallas forget all about Eddie Belfour.

Eddie who? ;o)

28 posted on 05/28/2003 8:40:27 AM PDT by al_c
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To: Dan from Michigan
What's the name of the goalie in Slapshot. The one that charges out when Reggie lets him know that his wife is a dyke?

Denis ...

29 posted on 05/28/2003 8:50:50 AM PDT by al_c
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To: Dan from Michigan; al_c
Denis Lemieux. Remember, "Trade me right fu@^!ng now!"
30 posted on 05/28/2003 9:20:03 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton
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