Patrick Roy was named Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations on May 23, 2013 and recently finished his first season in that role. Roy was introduced as the sixth head coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history on May 28, 2013. He guided the Avalanche to a franchise record-tying 52 wins and the Central Division championship in his rookie season behind the bench.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Roy will work with Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic in all player personnel decisions.
Roy, 47, had spent the last eight seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He guided the Remparts to a 348-196-0 record (.640) in 544 regular season games behind the bench, which included leading Quebec to the 2006 Memorial Cup title as the Canadian Hockey League champions. He was also a part owner of the QMJHL franchise and will continue in that capacity.
Roy, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, retired with the most regular season wins in NHL history (551), a number that currently ranks second all-time. The four-time Stanley Cup champion is still the winningest goaltender in Stanley Cup Playoff history with 151 postseason wins. Roy is the only player in league history to win three Conn Smythe Trophies as the playoff MVP (1986, 1993, 2001).
The Quebec City native backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to two Stanley Cup championships (1986, 1993), the first of which was his rookie campaign. Traded to Colorado on Dec. 6, 1995, Roy led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup during the club’s first season in Denver (1996) and again in 2001. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to win 200 or more games with two different teams.
Roy won three Vezina Trophies (1989, 1990, 1992) and five William Jennings Trophies (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2002). He was selected to the NHL All-Star Team on six occasions, the first team in 1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92 and 2001-02 and second team in 1987-88 and 1990-91. He participated in 11 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1985-86. When Roy announced his retirement on May 28, 2003, he was the NHL’s all-time leader in not only wins but also regular season games (1029), minutes (60,225) and 30-win seasons (13), marks that now all rank second. In addition to being first overall in postseason wins, Roy is still the NHL record holder in career playoff games (247) and is second in postseason shutouts (23).
Roy, who is the Avalanche’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, had his No. 33 retired by the organization on Oct. 28, 2003.
Patrick has three children, sons Jonathan and Frederick, and daughter Jana.