On October 17, 2000, Patrick Roy became the all-time winningest goalie in the history of the National Hockey League.
Roy finished his career with 551 wins and is one of two to have over 500. The other is Martin Brodeur who has 669 wins and remains on the roster of the New Jersey Devils, where he has been his entire career.
Roy started his 18 year career with the Montreal Canadiens when he was drafted in the third round in 1984. He stayed with the team until the 1995-96 season when he was traded to the Avalanche. His outstanding goal tending led his teams to 17 playoff appearances and four championship rings, two with each franchise. The third team he played for was Team Canada in the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and he declined an invitation to play in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He left hockey at age 37 after the 2002-03 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 as a player.
This month Roy was introduced as the new head coach of the Avalanche. His first game brought out the hockey player in him when he almost started a fight with the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, Bruce Boudreau.
“A big part of my decision is not made about whether I’m able to coach in the NHL or if I’m ready to step up and take that challenge. Basically, it’s about my family, it’s about my children, and this is where my decision is going to have to be made.” -Patrick Roy