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Patrick Roy -- (born October 5, 1965, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) is a Hall of Fame professional goaltender, best known for popularizing the "butterfly" technique, which is used by the vast majority of goalies today. Characterized with an obsession for winning and an incomparable focus under pressure, Patrick Roy is often listed as the greatest goalie of all-time and he has plenty of achievements to justify it. He played as #33 throughout his National Hockey League career.

Patrick Roy

Cover of his biography

Coming from an ordinary background, Patrick Roy dreamed of nothing else but becoming a goalie in the NHL. His first opportunity came when he was drafted in the third round by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984. Within two years, the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup with Patrick Roy in goal (and their first Stanley Cup since 1979). Roy won the Conn Symthe trophy for Most Valueable Player during the 1986 play-offs.

Proving his trophy was no fluke, Patrick Roy led the Habs back to the Stanley Cup finals in 1989, only to come up short against the Calgary Flames (ironically, the same franchise the Habs defeated for their 1986 championship). As winning Stanley Cup became less common in Montreal, Roy kept their fans' pride alive winning the 100th Stanley Cup in 1993, defeating the Los Angeles Kings.

Ed The K Motley has a special connection to that 1993 team since it was the night after watching "The Mighty Ducks" that Kay happened across Game Two between the LA Kings and the Canadiens on ESPN. Kay figured since he was a big fan of the LA music scene, the Kings were his favorite hockey team by default. They also had Wayne Gretzsky, who was one of few hockey players whose name Kay recognized at that time. In an unforgettable moment of offense, the Kings ferociously attempted to score a goal with an onslaught of shots against Roy, much to Kay's delight; although the longer Roy held off the attack, the more Kay started cheering for the Canadiens - sparking a lifetime devotion.

Turmoil followed success, and Patrick Roy's time in Montreal became a ticking timebomb. The explosion occurred on December 2, 1995, when Montreal coach Mario Tremblay did not pull Roy after the Scott Bowman-led Detroit Red Wings went up 9-1 against the Canadiens (Bowman's former team). Roy immediately made it clear that he had "played his last game in Montreal." The Canadiens traded Roy to the Colorado Avalanche in one of the most one-sided trades in NHL history. Despite certain apprehensions, the move to his new franchise was a dream come true since Roy grew up as a Quebec Nordiques fan (the Avs moved from Quebec the prior season, so Roy had several friends in Denver to make the deal happen).

The addition of Patrick Roy gave Colorado an impressive roster and the team quickly gelled to win their first Stanley Cup in 1996. The team was on a mission in the 2000-01 season when Roy's friend Ray Bourque was traded to the team after 17 years in Boston, specifically for the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. That season, the Avs lost only 16 games during the 82-game season. Their post-season quest for the Cup resulted in the ultimate success, albeit the Avs were taken to Game Seven against the New Jersey Devils before winning by a score of 3-1. That night, Roy won his third Conn Smythe trophy.

Having won four Stanley Cup championship in 15 years, two Cups with two different franchises, Patrick Roy found less motivation to continue playing the game. Consequently, he retired after the 2002-03 season, in which the Avs were unexpectedly eliminated in the first round of the play-offs by the Minnesota Wild.

Patrick Roy's jersey (#33) was retired by the Colorado Avalanche in October 2003 and by the Montreal Canadiens in November 2008. Recently, Patrick Roy had a biography published entitled Patrick Roy: Winning. Nothing Else., written by his father (Kay received the book for his #33 birthday).

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