Patrick Roy Announces His Retirement-This Day In Hockey History-May 27, 2003

Patrick Roy


DENVER—Colorado's is retiring, ending the 18-year career of one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.

Patrick Roy

Roy will make the announcement at a news conference today, team spokesman Jean Martineau said.

A four-time champion, Roy leaves as the NHLs career leader in victories with 551 and games played with 1,029. He also is the leader in playoff victories, games played and shutouts.

Patrick Roy

Roy is still considered one of the best goalies in the game at age 37, but he has been bothered by arthritic hips the past few years. He also has made it clear he wants to follow the career of his oldest son, Jonathan, a goalie who will start playing in Quebec this fall.

Patrick Roy

“It's going to be sad for hockey,” Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said Tuesday. “He's a great goaltender, probably the liest that's ever played.”

Roy won two Stanley Cups each with and Colorado, and is the only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs. Earlier this season he became the first goalie to eclipse 60,000 minutes.

Goaltender Patrick Roy hoists the Stanley Cup in this June, photo after the Montreal Canadiens beat the to win the Stanley Cup in five games. Star goalie Roy, six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes and wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc head up this year's induction class for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. They will be joined by a trio of champions: driver Jacques Villeneuve, Olympic gold medallist gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, and freestyle skier Brassard.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Before Roy broke into the league with Montreal in , most goalies either stayed on their feet or stacked their pads to stop shots.

Glenn Hall and , two goaltenders who starred in the 1960s and 1970s, helped develop the butterfly style of dropping to their knees to stop shots. Roy made the style popular during his -setting career.

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Roy is the NHLs all-time leader with 23 career playoff shutouts, and his 247 games and 151 wins are well ahead of Grant Fuhr, who is second with 150 games and 92 wins.

Patrick Roy

“He basically has done everything and broke every record, so I think it's pretty safe to say he's the greatest goalie who ever played,” Colorado's Mike Keane said recently.

Patrick Roy

Roy had his best regular season in 2001-02, with a 1.94 goals-against average and a career-high nine shutouts, but the playoffs ended in disappointment after he allowed six goals in a 7-0 loss to Detroit in of the Western Conference finals.

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