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Roy’s return would trigger the Avalanche

From the Far Lane
Emmett Macfarlane

Editor-in-Chief

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 a trade.

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 Edmonton Oilers.

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 next year.

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?

Sincerely,
Emmett Macfarlane

 

 

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