Today in Sports History: April 22

In 2003, former goaltender, Patrick Roy, played his last and final National Hockey League (NHL) career game in the net, in a Game 7 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild, in the first round of the playoffs. 

Roy played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1984 until 1996, when he was then traded to the Colorado Avalanche and played until 2003. Throughout his 19-year career, he played a total of 1,029 games with a record of 551 wins and 315 losses. His average goal against was 2.54 with a save percentage of .910. 

Roy was known as one of the best goaltenders of all time within the National Hockey League. He is a 4-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning in 1986 and 1993 with the Canadiens and 1996 and 2001 with the Avalanche. Roy led the league in a number of shutouts and goals-against average twice. 

He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1986, 1993, and 2001 and the William M. Jennings Trophy in 1987-89, 1992, and 2002. He also won the Vezina Trophy in 1989, 1990, and 1992. Roy played in 11 All-Star games. He was named a First Team All-Star four times and a Second-Team All-Star two times. 

Once retired, Roy was named to the NHL’s top 100 Greatest Players List, and inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame in 2006 for his exquisite hockey career. During his post-playing career, he purchased and coached the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts. 

Later in 2013, he was hired by the Colorado Avalanche as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations. He won the Jack Adams Trophy for Coach of the Year to recognize his outstanding first year as a coach. Roy coached until the 2016 season and resigned shortly after. 

Currently, Roy is trying to get back involved in the sport he loves, hockey.

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