The Career of Patrick Roy Patrick Roy, who is now at the age of 37, has played in the National Hockey .
League (NHL) for eighteen years. Roy has won four Stanley Cups, and has the most wins in NHL history. His career was outstanding, but now it has come to an end with the announcement of his retirement in May, 2003. This paper will discuss how it all began as well as the highlights of his career in hockey.
Patrick Roy was born on October 5, 1965 in Quebec City, Quebec. Patrick Roy has been a fan of hockey ever since his hero Daniel Bouchard gave him an autographed stick as a child. Patrick got his first pair of skates at six years old. He started playing pre-organized games at six. Patrick was not a goalie his whole life, he started playing as a forward. One game the regular goalie was hit in the leg with a puck and did not want to play anymore. Patrick wanted to play. The coach let him play but said he was too short. Patrick Roy said he enjoyed playing goaltender and continued to play in that position (www.coloradoavalanche.com).
When Patrick was 15 years was invited to try out for the Granby Bisons of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). However, he did not make the team that year and was cut, but he made the team the next year and played 54 games as a Granby Bisons goaltender and he only won 13 (www.ucsu.colorado.edu).
At 19 years old, Patrick Roy was invited to the 1984 NHL rookie entree draft. Patrick got drafted 51st overall by the Montreal Canadians. On February 23rd of that year, Patrick made his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets with a 6-4 win. The following season Roy went 23-18-3 and earned a spot as a "All-Rookie-Team Goaltender." That year the Canadians made the playoffs and Patrick lead them to a Stanley Cup with an astonishing 15-5 record and a 1.92 goals against average. (GAA) With those stats, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP.