If there’s one thing that will ensure you’re remembered by Montreal Canadiens fans, it’s being a winner, and longtime Habs goaltender Patrick Roy is the perfect example.
Despite leaving the team on rather difficult terms, fans were quick to show their love for the player who played a significant part in bringing two Stanley Cups to Montreal. Roy was named the Conn Smythe trophy winner in both Cup runs, serving as the team’s most valuable player.
That was over 30 years ago, but Habs fans aren’t quick to forget.
When Roy visited the Bell Centre as the new head coach of the New York Islanders, fans showered him with nostalgic praise, owing to his more than 10 seasons with the Canadiens organization. He attempted to play it cool throughout the cheering, but he was visibly touched by the ovation.
Make sure to have your volume up when viewing the video embedded below to hear the reception Roy received from more than 21,000 grateful Habs fans.
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Patrick Roy, 58, would go on to win another two Stanley Cups, though he did so for the Colorado Avalance following their relocation from Quebec City.
After spending several seasons in Colorado, he would become the Quebec Remparts part-owner, vice president, coach, and general manager in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He would eventually return to Colorado to serve as their head coach, leading to a Jack Adams win as the best coach in the NHL.
Roy once again returned to the QMJHL after his latest stint in Colorado, culminating with an impressive 2022-23 Memorial Cup win.
His latest job, head coach of the Islanders, only materialized when the Islanders fired their former head coach Lane Lambert last week. Even though Roy’s name had been circulated in rumours, his ascension to head coach of the Islanders came as a surprise to many. The Islanders are attempting to salvage a rather difficult 2023-24 campaign, hoping that Roy’s fiery approach is the missing ingredient.