Roy’s return would
trigger the Avalanche
From the Far Lane
Dear Patrick Roy,
Since I was six years old, which coincided with your rookie year
in the NHL, you have been the only athlete I’ve ever idolized
(and I’m the type of person who considers worshipping celebrities
stupid, not to mention I don’t even play ice hockey).
I watched you win two Stanley Cups for Montreal and then loyally
changed my allegiances to the Colorado Avalanche when you demanded
I remember your war of words with Jeremy Roenick during the 1996
playoffs; watching you kick both Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood’s
asses as part of 12-man brawls in separate games during the intense
rivalry with Detroit; deking out Wayne Gretzky after taking the
puck to centre ice for no apparent reason and your constant attempts
to score whenever the other team pulled their goalie.
More significantly, I remember your intensity for the game, confidence,
four Stanley Cups, three Vezina trophies, two Conn Smythe trophies
and more records than any goalie to ever play the game.
Then, last year, you retired.
Over the summer, the Avalanche acquired superstar forwards Paul
Kariya and Teemu Selanne. Together, with the likes of Joe Sakic,
Peter Forsberg, Milan Hejduk, Rob Blake and Alex Tanguay, Colorado
easily has the greatest collection of goal scorers since the 1980s
All they need to guarantee a Stanley Cup is the greatest goaltender
to ever strap on a pair of pads.
Is an extra six months of hockey too much to ask? Sure the Avs
retired your number in October, but that hasn’t stopped superstars
from un-retiring in the past.
Mario Lemieux, Michael Jordan (400 times), George Foreman and
recently Roger Clemens have all come back to their sports for one
last hurrah. Even Dominik Hasek, who pales in comparison to you,
came back to try and win one more Cup with Detroit.
St. Patrick, I know the competitive fire still burns in your belly.
I’m sure coming back crossed your mind when the Avs picked
up Kariya and Selanne. OK, so you want to be with your family and
coach your son in Quebec, but I bet he’ll still be playing
You did what so few greats have done before you: you retired when
you were still the greatest. But you’ve only been gone from
the game for a few months — wouldn’t it be nice to
see your name inscribed on Lord Stanley’s Cup one more time?