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Old 05-27-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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Roy Retiring?

Source: Roy to retire from Avalanche


DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's Patrick Roy is retiring, ending the 18-year career of one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, a team source told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Roy will make the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday, the source said on condition of anonymity.

A four-time Stanley Cup champion, Roy is still considered one of the best goalies in the game at age 37. But he has been bothered by arthritic hips in the past few years, and he 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.

Roy won two Stanley Cups each with Montreal and Colorado, and is the only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs. He is the NHL's career leader in wins with 551, games played with 1,029. Earlier this season he became the first goalie to eclipse 60,000 minutes.

After the Avalanche were eliminated by Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs last month, Roy said he was 90 percent sure of his plans for the future, but did not reveal his decision.

Roy's retirement plans were first reported by the Daily Camera of Boulder on Tuesday.

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 Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Roy struggled early this season, but was unbeaten in 26 of his final 30 starts. He helped the Avalanche move pass Vancouver and win the Northwest Division title. He finished fourth in the league with 35 wins and had a 2.18 goals-against average.

Roy was solid in the first four games of Colorado's first-round playoff series against Minnesota, but gave up soft goals in Games 6 and 7 as the Wild became just the seventh team in league history to come back from a 3-1 deficit with two road wins.

"The day that I feel that I'm going to lose that desire and that passion, that would be a good time for me to leave," Roy said in January. "The tough part is that it could happen at any time. It could happen in the middle of the season, it could happen at the end of the season. And if it's time to go, it's time to go."

Before Roy broke into the league with Montreal in 1985, most goalies either stayed on their feet or stacked their pads to stop shots.

Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito, 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 record-setting career.

Roy hold the NHL record with 151 career playoff wins, and his 247 games and 23 shutouts are well ahead of Grant Fuhr, who is second with 150 games and 92 wins.

"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.

Roy appeared to be readying himself for retirement over the past year, when he bought a home in Lake Jupiter, Fla., and put his house in Denver up for sale.



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Damn.

You scooped me LMPA.

The Press Conference is Wednesday at 2PM ET. I'm going to tape it and watch it again and again and again. Oh happy day.
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Yeah!!!!

The whole Western Conference will have a huge sigh of relief.

Next stop for Roy.....Hall of Fame.
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I was outscooped too!

Well, I am disappointed. I really thought he'd play one more season and go out with a bang. "Win one for Patty" and all that.
Especially since this will likely be Sakic and Blake's last season.

They seem to like going out with a whimper though.

I don't know, I won't neccessarily believe it until I see the press conference. What was reported as "a team official" now became "an annonymous source" and The Daily Camera is hardly the place I think a story like this would have broke.
The Avalanche are so secretive that crazy rumors do become holy fact within hours...(Pierre Lacroix retiring to manage Celine Dion comes to mind) And yet, I don't really have a reason to doubt it. It would just top off this crappy season perfectly.

Check out this story The Denver Post did yesterday though:

QUEBEC - Sitting in one of the plush offices of the junior hockey team he partly owns, Patrick Roy on Sunday finished what he called a fun, relaxing week watching the Memorial Cup tournament in the city he was born.

On Tuesday morning, however, Roy will leave for Denver to "really start taking seriously" his decision whether to return for a 19th season in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche.

"I still don't know what I'm going to do," Roy said from the Le Colisee Pepsi offices of the Quebec Remparts, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League he owns with two other partners. "A big part of my decision has been taken, but I want to make sure I'm making the right one, and I'm really going to think about it seriously (this week) when I go back to Denver. I'm going to sit down with my wife and kids and see where we stand again."

Roy said he will notify Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix no later than the July 1 NHL free-agent deadline - and probably well before that.

Roy, 37, sounds torn between coming back and retiring. One moment he talks about the fun he had last week getting on the ice and teaching members of his Remparts what he knows about the game.

The next he sounds like a man eager for the Avs' training camp to begin, and what fate might hold for the team next season.

"I don't want to come back and regret it, and I don't want to retire and regret it," Roy said. "If I come back, I'm going to go all-out with the same passion and same drive. That's what I'm going to do."

Roy said health will not be a factor. The hips that have given the goaltender trouble in the past feel fine, he said. If he retires, Roy said the major reason will be because he did not have the intensity for the game.

"I wouldn't want to hurt the team that way," said Roy, who has one year left on his contract at the Avalanche's option, worth $8.5 million.

Roy said he met with Lacroix nearly a month ago, and the two agreed he should take more time to reach a decision. Since then, he has spent time at his homes in Greenwood Village, Palm Beach, Fla., and Lac Beauport, Quebec. Roy said thoughts of what he should do creep in during the quiet times, walking the fairways on a golf course or driving to the store.

Roy knows he has a lot to gain by playing another season, not just financially. With him, the Avalanche would have another strong team, and he would be able to extend his all-time victory totals over his competitors, such as New Jersey's Martin Brodeur.

"I know I have a lot to gain, believe me," he said. "It could be a great year, a good challenge. It's a good team and a great bunch of guys, for sure.

"But, again, I have to go deep inside myself and really evaluate where I am. That's kind of what I was doing before I got to (Quebec) and that's what I'm going to do (this week). I want to be honest with the Avalanche, and they'll be the first to know."

No matter what, Roy said he wants to stay in hockey, preferably as an owner or general manager. If an NHL team offered him a job in the front office - including the Avalanche - Roy would listen. But he said he enjoyed imparting his experiences to his young junior players, even though he has no desire to be a head coach.

If Roy does return, he said Colorado would be a factor. He and his family love the state, he said.

"It's unbelievable in Denver. The people are really nice. They've just been outstanding to me and my family," Roy said. "It's amazing how hockey has grown in Denver, too."

Roy has gotten over the Avalanche's first-round playoff loss to the Minnesota Wild. Not that he has forgotten it, though.

"They should not have beaten us, but we have had a lot of those leads in a series where we have just blown it," Roy said. "I really believe maybe the guys were a little tired from playing a lot of hockey in the last few years. And maybe next year, we ought to come with more grit and more hunger. It would be a lot easier.

"I have tons of faith in Pierre, and I know he's going to do the best for his organization. He's going to make sure he puts the best players out there for our fans. He knows that fans expect a winner just like the players do."

Did Roy just slip, talking in the future tense about the Avs, using words such as "we" and "us"?

"Listen, I really don't know what I'll do yet," he said with a laugh.

Avalanche fans can only hope Roy soon does not talk about the team in the past tense, for good.
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Thank you--I think.

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Well, I heard that the Avs are currently denying that Roy is retiring--but the Denver Post still has it splashed all over it's front page and The Sporting News says Jean Martineau (team spokesman) announced the press conference.

Hmm. Roy isn't going to be happy that someone blabbed to The Daily Camera, anyway.
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I think Roy will play another year just to spite whoever leaked the story, he just seems like that kind of guy. *disclaimer* I've been in montreal for a while now, which may have coloured my opinion of him...
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Well Roy is one to beat a dead horse. His play has gone downhill the past few seasons, despite what any arbitrary stat you think proves otherwise. He's getting slow, and eventhough I dislike him it's not a great thing to see a decent player go out on a lull. Patty should have let with Bourque... instead all he'll be remembered for is his imitation of the Statue of Liberty from last years semis.
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who was better, roy or hasek?
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Well Roy is one to beat a dead horse. His play has gone downhill the past few seasons, despite what any arbitrary stat you think proves otherwise. He's getting slow, and eventhough I dislike him it's not a great thing to see a decent player go out on a lull. Patty should have let with Bourque... instead all he'll be remembered for is his imitation of the Statue of Liberty from last years semis.
He just had the best year of his career in 2001. GAA and save %. Wins, too, if I remember. I mean, the guy was nominated not only for the Vezina, but also for the freakin Hart Trophy just last season. What else does he have to do?
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who was better, roy or hasek?
If I were to assemble a team to bet my entire life savings with (say if I had life savings, lol), I would be picking Roy.
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