Patrick Roy Almost Had to Play Goalie For the Colorado Avalanche Last Night (Video)
Patrick Roy will always be regarded as one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game of hockey. During his 18 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, Roy won four Stanley Cups, three Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP, and three Vezina Trophies as the league’s top goalie. He was also named to 11 all-star games and he finished his career with a 2.54 goals against average and 551 wins.
However, as good as he may have been back then, Roy hasn’t been between the pipes since suffering a Game 7 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild back on April 22, 2003. That’s almost 13 years ago. But the Avs were nearly forced to pull the Hall of Fame netminder out of retirement for last night’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
Colorado was already expected to be without the services of starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov for Tuesday’s contest, as he was in court fighting a civil lawsuit that his former girlfriend filed against him–stemming from a kidnapping/assault case that took place back in 2013. As for Varlamov’s backup, Calvin Pickard, he was forced to skip the morning skate due to sickness.
That left the Avs with two remaining options: San Antonio Rampage goaltender Roman Will, and their head coach, Patrick Roy.
And in case his team needed him (and because they needed a second goalie for their morning practice), Roy decided to strap on the pads to see if he’s still got it.
Apparently, he does:
Still got it… pic.twitter.com/1kZVuxJ7Sl
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 7, 2016
By gametime, Pickard was good to go and he ended up starting Tuesday night’s contest. He didn’t finish it, however, as he handed duties over to Roman Will at the start of the third period after allowing four goals against on 20 shots.
In the end, the Avs would lose the game by a score of 6-1.
Maybe they could have used Roy between the pipes after all.