Boston Bruins vs The Canadiens on Patrick Roy Day in Montreal

It’s 3:30 and I’m sitting in my hotel room in recovering from over indulgence of Friday night in one of North America’s great cities, despite the god-forsaken cold weather. I will be in the Bell Centre in about an hour as Montreal is about honor Patrick Roy with his number 33 being raised to the rafters. Ironically, Patrick never played a game for the Canadiens in this newer building. But back in the glorious old Montreal Forum is where Patrick did some of his best work.  First as a 20 year old rookie who backstopped the Canadiens to Stanley Cup number 23 and again in 1993 in what was a tremendous playoff for Montreal and Roy in which he and they won an incredible 10 straight overtime games along the way. Those two teams were not that talented, however it was Patrick and his outstanding ability to be bigger than life in the bigger that life games that gave the Canadiens those victories. He also has a couple of Conn Smythe trophies and there Georges Vezina trophies all while playing for Montreal. Being a Bruins fan, I got many chances to hate Patrick Roy. After all, I always hated the Canadiens. So many times the B’s would be the better team but Montreal would come up with some no name goaltender that seemed to be the second coming of Ken Dryden. But it was Patrick Roy who brought them to new heights in ’86 & ‘93 December 2, 1995 –  The Forum in Montreal. Canadiens hosting the Detroit Red Wings. It was not a banner night for the supposed greatest club de hockey. The Canadiens gave up 11 goals to the Wings with Roy in net for nine of them…yes goals. If you’ve ever seen the video of him coming off the ice in the third period of that game after then coach Mario Tremblay finally pulled him, it was and still is classic. He walked by Tremblay…..then walked back by him and went to then Canadiens owner, Ron Corey, and with very “colorful” language told him that this would be his last game as a Montreal Canadien.  Four days later, Roy was traded to the Colorado Avalanche along with Captain Mike Keane in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.This was the first year of existence for the Avalanche as they had just moved from Quebec City and they still played in that city, in that Province, there is no way Montreal and the Nordiques make that trade.  Of course Patrick went on to win two more cups with Colorado and retired at the end of the 2003 season. But it’s his exploits while wearing the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge of the Habs that will be celebrated tonight at the lively and boisterous Cathedral called the Bell Centre. 



About Ric Duarte

Just your average loyal Bruins Fan with things to say about the team!
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