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Patrick Roy

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Sports Speaker Patrick Roy is a former NHL goaltender and current head coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy won four Stanley Cups during his career, two with the Colorado Avalanche and two with the Montreal Canadians. In 2004, Sports Speaker Patrick Roy was voted as the best goaltender in NHL history. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, and he is the only player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy three times, for two different teams, and in different decades.

In Roy’s first season as a Canadian, he demonstrated his extraordinary skills as a goaltender in leading the Montreal Canadians to a Stanley Cup title, for which he won a Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. Being only 20 years old at the time, Roy became the youngest-ever winner of this award. In 1990, Roy won his first Vezina Trophy for being the best goaltender in the NHL and was voted to join the NHL All-Star Team. During the 1992-93 playoffs, Roy set a record with 10 straight playoff overtime wins. With his valiant leadership on the ice, Roy led his team to the Stanley Cup Championship in 1993; remarkably, the Canadians did not have a single player finishing in the top ten regular season scoring charts this year. Roy’s later trade to the Colorado Avalanche was considered one of the most lopsided trades in sports history, in favor of Colorado. Roy went on to lead the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles during his tenure in Colorado.  Roy is currently the number two all-time leader in the NHL in wins by a goalie, as well as games played by a goalie.

In 2013, Roy became head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. By holding both of these positions, Roy became the only coach in the NHL who has the powers of a general manager. In his first year of coaching, Roy led the Avalanche to a 6-0 opening record, tying the record for most consecutive wins at the beginning of an NHL coaching career. Roy is an active philanthropist off the ice, and he has been a significant contributor to the Ronald McDonald House since the 1980s.