Friday, August 29, 2008

Canadiens To Retire Roy's #33

Not at all to my surprise, La Presse is reporting today that Patrick Roy's #33 will be retired later this November

Roy played with the Canadiens from 1986-95, capturing 2 Stanley cups in that timeframe (86,93). He retired as the NHL record holder in wins among goalies with 551 in 19 seasons with Montreal and the Colorado Avalanche.

A Canadiens spokesman would not confirm the report, saying the team does not comment on jersey retirements.

The Avalanche retired Roy's number in 2003.

Roy's tenure with Montreal ended sourly. After being left out to dry for 9 goals in a game vs. Detroit, Roy was finally pulled by coach Mario Tremblay. Upon his arrival to the bench, Roy crossed paths with Tremblay but did not say a word. Shortly after, he walked past him again and made his way over to team president at the time, Ronald Corey. He demanded Corey for a trade, and a couple of days later, the Montreal Canadiens traded Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault. Roy and Keane would go on to win the Stanley cup that same season.

The Habs went on to lose that game at home in the Forum to Detroit by a score of 12-1 on December 2nd, 1995; the worst loss in Montreal Canadiens franchise history.

Roy's jersey would be the 15th retired jersey in Canadiens' franchise history.

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