Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 28th Edition


2003: At age 37, goaltender Patrick Roy announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. Roy retired as the NHL's all-time leader with 1,029 regular season games 551 wins, 247 Stanley Cup games, 151 playoff victories and 20 playoff shutouts.


Roy won three Vezina Trophies (all with Montreal) and a pair of Stanley Cups with each of his two teams. He is the only three-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner in NHL history.



At his retirement press conference, Roy stated, “I've had a blast. It's been unbelievable. I've been so fortunate to have lived a dream and have fun for more than 18 years earning a living by playing a game I love.”



Five and a half years later, “St. Patrick” returned to Montreal to have his sweater number 33 retired. On May 23,  2013, almost a decade to the day after he was open to one day serving a management role in the NHL, Patrick Roy was named head coach of the Avalanche.



Habs Born on This Day: Conrad Bourcier (1916), Todd Simpson (1973)






Free Press News Services, May 29, 2003

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